Peter Brown Memorial Seminar
UKZN Special Collections Open Day 2013
The Heritage Day public holiday on 24 September gives museums,
archives and other organisations involved with the preservation of
heritage, the opportunity to highlight and celebrate an aspect of
heritage. The Alan Paton Centre (APC) and Pietermaritzburg Archives
Repository (PAR) started celebrating Heritage Day in 1997 by holding
annual Heritage Day Seminars. In 2000, the Msunduzi Heritage Forum was
formed, involving most of the museums and archives in Pietermaritzburg.
The Alan Paton Centre Heritage Day celebrations then became part of the Msunduzi
Heritage Forum's Heritage Week.
In 2005, the decision was made to celebrate the contribution of Peter
Brown to the struggle against apartheid, by re-naming the Alan Paton Centre's Heritage
Day Seminar the Peter Brown Memorial Seminar. Peter Brown was a friend
of Alan Paton, a co-leader of the Liberal Party, a founder of the
Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA) and was very instrumental in
the setting up of the Alan Paton Centre.