The “Telling the story of Observatory” Project is a collaborative heritage and memory project initiated by OBSID and OCA to document and develop a plan to bring to life the multi-layered history and stories that give Observatory its unique identity and place in the city of Cape Town. To do this we ask you to share your memories and stories about people, places, and events that have shaped the history of Observatory (past and present). 

We invite you to tell us how you think these could be remembered, memorialised, or celebrated.

We are launching the project with an online screening of “The Living History of Obs” this Sunday, 8 August at 5pm, followed by a short discussion with the filmmaker, Edwin Angless, and Josette Cole’s heritage team leading the project. The film offers an introduction to the various themes of Obs’ history, such as the earliest Khoi occupants of Observatory, the changing architecture of our suburb through the centuries, the political activism of residents during the “struggle years”, through to the current issues of gentrification and where our suburb is headed in the future.

Please RSVP to this invitation by email to if you would like to join us at the zoom event and we will send you a link to view the film online on Sunday at 5pm.

After the screening, we look forward to hearing your stories of Obs!

08/08/2021 - 00:00
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Fri, 08/06/2021 - 12:28

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