The Iziko Museums of South Africa holds a small collection of Egyptian artifacts dating from the Predynastic through Roman periods. Following the end of apartheid in 1994 and new national heritage legislation in 1998, the exhibitions within the Slave Lodge were reorganized and replaced in order to transform the museum into a centre for the history of slavery in the Cape. Part of the Egyptian collection remained on exhibit for educational purposes.
In early 2018, a local design school proposed to develop and install an augmented reality digital experience in the Egyptian gallery. This offered Iziko another opportunity to pilot test one element of their Cultural Community Hub strategy, as well as to overhaul the entire exhibit, which hadn’t been substantially updated since the 1990s. The project has been collaborative, with Iziko staff, academics, student interns, the AR team, educators and the Egyptian Society of South Africa coming together to fund, redesign, and update the exhibit.
This paper will present a brief history of the collection and detail the process of developing the newly opened exhibit.