If you happen to find yourself in the Eastern Cape, Grahamstown or you down here this week for the National Art Festival. Why not take a stroll down Anglo African Street, and stop at #4 where you will find The Eastern Star Gallery Printing and Press Museum and check out what it is about?
Day 1 of my stay this side of the map, I got to go on the museum tour with Rejoice Mabudafhasi - Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture SA.
“The Eastern Star Gallery gets its name from a newspaper that was established in Grahamstown in 1871, which was the predecessor to the popular and daily The Star from the Argus company in Johannesburg.” - Source
Yeap, The Star newspaper is The Eastern Star without the Eastern vibe to it. It all started in Grahamstown.
Not to worry, the museum curator Mr. Richard Burmeister will be waiting for you. In order to take you through the whole museum and we will passionately share all the tad bits your would want to know about everything meticulously arranged within the museum. Because of course he curated himself and helped to source all the 100years old printing press machinery found in there.
Mission: take a shot left, know your country, visit Grahamstown vibes!