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Don’t Miss This Outdoor Vintage Car Show

The James Hall Museum of Transport will host an outdoor vintage car show for Joburg car enthusiasts young and old to celebrate International Museum Month on May 28.

The James Hall Museum of Transport will host an outdoor vintage car show for Joburg car enthusiasts young and old to celebrate International Museum Month on May 28. Picture: Provided.

JOHANNESBURG – When was the last time you visited a museum? Do they even still matter, or are they just taking up space?

The James Hall Museum of Transport spoke with Eyewitness News on the importance of museums and their upcoming Creative Native Vintage Motor Show and Picnic as museums around the world celebrate International Museum Month in May.

“The importance of museums goes beyond the traditional function of heritage preservation. Today, museums serve as spaces for dialogue and conversation around relevant societal issues. But more importantly, today’s museums empower the younger generation to rewrite and tell their own stories within the context of history,” said Gaisang Sathekge, chief curator of the museum.

The James Hall Museum of Transport in Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest and most comprehensive land transport museum. It was created by the late Jimmie Hall, in conjunction with the City of Johannesburg in February 1964.

“The museum has an extensive collection of elegant vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles, steam engines, trams, trolleybuses and locomotives among many other historic means of transport.”

Some of Gauteng’s fashionable vintage car clubs, such as CIAO (Classic Italian Auto Owners), and various other vintage car collectors have been invited to this exciting showcase of Joburg’s urban culture.

Sathekge said the museum would like the general public to be able to bring in their vintage cars, motorbikes and bicycles on the day to celebrate the history and culture of transportation.

So if you have that Benz Velo, that 1903 Ford Model A, a sexy Escort Mk1 Perana or that old-school car – the museum wants you to dust them off and go have some fun with them.

“We have invited various vintage car clubs from across the province, including the era of mainstream memes who also collect vintage cars to participate in this organized outdoor vintage car show. There was an overwhelming response from the public. »

Sathekge also said May was an important month to promote a museum culture in South Africa.

It is also an opportune time to empower communities to write their history and reinvent their own heritage at a time when culture is dynamic and constantly changing.

“It only makes sense to understand the evolution of the movement in a city that has a rich history that spans from the pre-colonial era to post-apartheid. The historical narrative of transport in South Africa shows at how far we have advanced technologically and that is very encouraging for a developing country like ours.”

According to the International Council of Museums, the purpose of International Museum Day is to raise awareness that: “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”.

The council further emphasizes that museums have the power to transform the world around us. Places of incomparable discovery, they inform us about our past and open our minds to new ideas, two essential steps in building a better future.

The James Hall Museum of Transport said sellers who trade in vintage goods are welcome.

In addition to the vintage car exhibit, guests can expect guided tours of the museum to view their valuable transportation collection, artifacts, and memorabilia. Exciting bus rides on the historic 1952 London bus will also be offered.

“Visitors are encouraged to bring their picnic blankets, cushions and chairs to enjoy the day’s activities in a relaxed environment. The event is free to the public, but visitors will need to register and redeem their free tickets on Howler’s website. Public parking is available at Pioneer Park right next to the museum. Visitors are encouraged to use Uber as parking is limited.

Sathekge said this day of family fun would be accompanied by a vintage craft market, live bands and DJs and, to keep up with the theme of the day, vintage food trucks would sell food and refreshments to visitors. .

The lineup includes some of Jozi’s top live bands and DJs such as BCUC, The Charles Gene Suite, Kitchen Mess, Kamo Matsoso, DJ Mamthug, DJ SediSoul, DJ Nikita & TopNotch and DJ Tataplz.

The James Hall Museum of Transport will host an outdoor vintage car show for Joburg car enthusiasts young and old to celebrate International Museum Month on May 28.

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