Submitted by The Friends of the Montagu Museum
~ The FOMM have for the past decade or so been managing and running the KWV Building on the corner of Long and Kohler Streets – on behalf of a trust of which Jeanne Biesenbach is the chairperson, the Montagu Museum Trust. This trust is not actually part of the Montagu Museum.
The Friends have been responsible for many of the events and amenities at the KWV – art and ceramics exhibitions, the Eroica cycle race, refurbishing the Groot Appelkoos, providing proper electricity to the kuipe (which are let to artists), building the permanent access stairs in Long Street, fitting out the Odeon movie theatre (providing the projector, sound system and cinema chairs) among others - and overseeing the day-to-day running of the building.
The Montagu Museum Trust has, however, decided to become actively involved in this magnificent old industrial building and to take full responsibility for its management - and from what we’ve heard, has some really exciting plans which will be of tremendous benefit to our town. We wish them all the best in their future plans.
The Friends will therefore no longer be involved in the building and will from now on concentrate their efforts on the Old Mission Church and Joubert House – and especially on the Herb project and Joubert House’s herb garden.
However, because of the Friends’ substantial investment in cinema equipment which is housed in the KWV building, we will still be active in promoting and supporting the Odeon and Hennie and Sue Kok’s Montagu Film Society by means of Facebook advertising, technical assistance and the like.
We have renamed the old MMACC page (with its almost 1000 followers) – because all social media activity at the MMACC was in any event the work of the Friends of the Montagu Museum.
You can continue to follow the Friends of the Museum on Facebook:
FOOTNOTE: We are sure that the community will join us in thanking our Friends of the Montagu Museum
for their invaluable input since the day they became involved in the administration, maintenance, development & upgrading of this very historic and valuable Montagu landmark.
This KWV Building (MMACC - Montagu Museum Art and Culture Centre as it was renamed) became our community's preferred location as a venue for cultural workshops & exhibitions, festival events, weddings and many more.
While we hope that some of these privileges may continue, we above all, wish the Montagu Museum Trust the very best with their endeavours ahead !
PHOTOS BELOW: Enjoy some memories of 'way back when' and more current photos of some of the functions and festivities that the KWV Building played host to.