Johannesburg

Johannesburg Heritage Weekend

Saturday Oct 12 - Sunday Oct 13       40 Oxford Rd, Parktown
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In celebration of Heritage Month in South Africa, the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation presents its annual Johannesburg Heritage Weekend, with two days packed full of different heritage-themed tours and talks including history walks, visits to local heritage buildings and gardens as well as tours around some of the city’s older and less explored neighbourhoods. 

All tours depart from the Holy Family College and cost from R80 each or R140 for two tours and R180 for three tours. There is also a tea garden and book sale taking place at the school throughout Heritage Weekend. You can see the full schedule of tours here.

Tours on this year's Johannesburg Heritage Weekend programme include:

Saturday October 12

09:30 Hooray for Upper Houghton. A walk through historic Upper Houghton, known for its incredible views of the city and grand historic institutions like the St John's and King Edward schools.
10:00 Killarney. Tour the tree-lined streets of Killarney and see architectural gems such as the Art Deco Riviera Mansions, Whitehall Court and Gleneagles.  
10:30 Hidden Parktown walking tour. An exploration of some of Parktown's most spectacular mansions including Emoyeni, the fabulous Villa Arcadia and the 1906 Edwardian home The Pines.
11:00 Guided tour of Thomas Cullinan's mansion The View. Take a tour of The View, Parktown’s oldest remaining residence. Built in 1896 for Sir Thomas Cullinan, one of Joburg's most famous 'Randlords', it is now used by the Transvaal Scottish Regiment.
12:00 Joburg's Blue Plaques. An entertaining talk on heritage conservation and the blue plaque movement.
14:00 The Baker Tradition walking tour. Many of the most beautiful old buildings in the historic suburb of Parktown can be attributed to British architect Herbert Baker, who arrived in Joburg in 1902. This walking tour traces a route along Jan Smuts Avenue and Oxford Road in search of some of Baker's most wonderful buildings.
14:30 Romantic Northwards. A guided tour of the grand, 40-room Herbert Baker designed mansion Northwards, once home to the flamboyant Joburg socialite Josie Dale Lace.
15:00 Purple Passages and Fifties Style. A bus tour of Joburg's most dramatic jacaranda views including a visit to a  masterpiece of 1950s architecture.

Sunday October 13

09:00 Roedean. Situated in the heart of Parktown, Roedean School for Girls is over 100 years old. Alongside magnificent architecture by Sir Herbert Baker, the historic school is also known for its beautiful gardens.
09:30 Romantic Northwards. A guided tour of the grand, 40-room Herbert Baker designed mansion Northwards, once home to the flamboyant Joburg socialite Josie Dale Lace.
10:00 Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre. A walking tour of the new Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre in Forest Town. The Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre was established to raise awareness of the evils of genocide with a particular focus on the holocaust orchestrated by Nazi Germany and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
10:30 Diagonal Street to Kholvad House. Discover the haunts of struggle heroes from Mandela and the Sisulus to Ahmed Kathrada in this historic corner of downtown Joburg. 
11:30 Undiscovered Braamfontein Cemetery. Explore Joburg's oldest cemetery and learn about its most illustrious residents.
12:00 Joburg's Blue Plaques. An entertaining talk on heritage conservation and the blue plaque movement.
14:30 The War on Joburg's War Memorials. A bus tour exploring the many war memorials dotted across Johannesburg that honour those who died in World War I.

Date

Venue

Oct 12 2019 - Oct 13 2019
Holy Family College
40 Oxford Rd, Parktown
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Holy Family College

40 Oxford Rd, Parktown
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