United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) Church Endangered Archives Pilot Project

The United Congregational Church of Southern Africa was born out of the London Missionary Society in the early 1880s. The Church contributed to the socio-economic development of the nation. Stored in unsuitable archives, the material is in urgent need of preservation.

The London Missionary Society (LMS) was established as a predominantly Congregationalist Mission Society. The LMS was largely Reformed in character and advocated for the emancipation of slavery. The objective of the LMS was to evangelise the world and establish foreign missions in pursuit of its objective. The society arrived in Bechuanaland (today’s Botswana) in 1835. The records of the church will show the socio-economic development of the nation.

The records are stored in obsolete archives, and there is a risk of the loss of valuable information. None of the sites has officers assigned to take care of the records. The records are exposed to damage and deterioration and stored with other items such as cleaning detergents, with no appropriate environmental conditions for the records.

The project visited 11 sites of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA). These were in all six regions of the church, which represents the geographical spread of the country. The team met with church leaders in each site and held interviews to gain more information about the documents. The project improved awareness of the importance of the documents, and promoted the inclusion of preservation methods in the archives.

Project Details

Location: Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) Project partner(s): Avancee Consultancies Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £11,345 Commencement Date: 09/2018 Project Status: Completed
Project owner? Update this project

Related Projects

EAP1402 Pub003

19th-century documents from the Peruvian asylum el Manicomio del Cercado

The Victor Larco Herrera Hospital in the centre of Lima, Peru, was closed in 1917. Its archives, dating back to 1859, consist of medical documentation as well as administrativ…

Explore project
EAP1306 Silk Museum

The Caucasian Silk Circle: Digitising Photo Collection of the State Silk Museum in Georgia

The State Silk Museum of Georgia holds the only documentary evidence of the practice of sericulture in the 19th century. Taken during expeditions of the Caucasian Sericulture …

Explore project
EAP1294 team

Safeguarding for Posterity Two Private Collections of Palm-Leaf Manuscripts from the Tamil Country

The Kalliṭaikuṟicci and Villiyampākkam collections are palm-leaf collections held privately in India. The collections are essential to study the prevalent reading practices in…

Explore project