Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences expresses solidarity with the University of Cape Town (South Africa)
On April 18-19 2021, there was a terrible fire at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), as a result of which a number of university buildings were seriously damaged and the university library was practically destroyed. The library contained an extensive collection of books that included a treasure trove of works of Africanists, painstakingly collected over the years by the toil of numerous researchers and lovingly kept by the staff.
The staff of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences express their solidarity with fellow anthropologists, teachers and university students, and grieve over the irreparable loss of the library's unique book collection. We join in the words of support addressed to the staff of the University of Cape Town, expressed in the appeal by the World Anthropological Union (WAU).
We hope that restoration work on the library and other university buildings can be started soon.