Val is a tiny place with a big history. It has a permanent population of eight. The Easter weekend was chosen for the 2024 Boer and Brit Day festivities. This annual cultural festival of all things Boer and British circa 1900 is the brainchild of Rita Britz who owns the Val Hotel and most other old properties in the small town.




Parallel experiences and narratives in the histories of South Africa and of Ireland, and the ways in which the stories of pain and of hope are shared by storytellers who guide visitors in museums and heritage sites in each context, make for an important and timely comparison. The authors reflect, in the closing pages of this book, on the relevance of museums in the twenty-first century.



The congregation was established in 1865 . The first church building, known as the “Kruiskerk”, was constructed on the current parking area. The cornerstone of the current building was laid by Commandant General PJ Joubert on 12 April 1890. The “Kruiskerk” was demolished after the completion of the new church. The first minister of the congregation was Ds NJ van Warmelo.