The CMI Building has served children in Johannesburg for almost a century. It opened its doors in 1923 as the Transvaal Memorial Hospital for Children, and over the decades treated thousands of children from around the country, functioned as a training ground for medical students and staff, and served as a centre for paediatric research and care. Although it closed as a hospital in the 1970s, the building continued to be a community hub for child health and wellbeing and at present houses various NGOs related to the care and development of children and their families. Renamed as the Children’s Memorial Institute, the building itself is a registered non-profit organisation and heritage site.
Join us for a tour of the CMI site and learn a bit about the history of the building as well as its present. This is the first open tour of the CMI building, inspired by a recent project to explore the archive and learn more about the building’s history, heritage, and the stories and memories (past and present) that accompany it.
Cost: R150 - Our building tours support our CMI History Community Heritage Project. Money collected from this tour will be used for conservation materials and transport stipends for volunteers.
Tour will last approx. 2 hours and refreshments will be served after.
Limited to 25 people - RSVP essential! Please email CMIhistory@gmail.com to reserve a place; your space will only be confirmed once proof of payment has been received.
Children’s Memorial Institute
Account number: 62565390300
Parktown Branch 250-455
Reference: CMIH + your surname