Tribute to Yvonne Winters, former Museologist & Head of Campbell Collections



Tribute to Yvonne Winters

Yvonne Winters, former Museologist and Head of Campbell Collections, UKZN, passed away on the 12 July 2016. She had retired from the University at the end of 2013.
Yvonne was born on the 13 July 1953 in Springs.  During her early years her family lived on a small farm in Sundra, Delmas District, before moving to Kimberley when she was seven.  

After matriculating in 1970, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree through UNISA in 1975 (majoring in History and Anthropology), and an Honours degree (Anthropology) in 1981.  From early 1975, she began working for the Natal Provincial Museum Service, and received a bursary in 1977 to study for a museum postgraduate diploma.  She obtained the diploma from Pretoria University in 1978.  Over those years she gained valuable experience working in museums and undertaking museum fieldwork.  From 1979 until September 2009 she was the Museologist at Campbell Collections, and thereafter became Head of Campbell Collections.

Yvonne started studying for a PhD (History of Art) a couple of years before retiring and continued this work after her retirement, obtaining her PhD earlier this year.  She had a rich knowledge of the museum collections at Campbell Collections, and both her PhD and Masters' dissertations drew extensively from the museum holdings of Campbell Collections.  Her PhD topic was ‘A Social and Cultural Theoretical Appraisal and Contextualisation of the Visual and Symbolic Language of Beadwork and Dress from Southern KwaZulu-Natal, held in the Campbell Collections, UKZN’.

She will be greatly missed by the staff at Campbell Collections, as well as others who worked with her and knew her.  She was more than a colleague, she was also a friend who cared deeply about the Campbell Collections and all the staff who work there.

See UKZN NdabaOnline for an article on Yvonne's retirement in 2013.


Yvonne Winters, 2004

Yvonne Winters at a beadwork exhibition at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg in 2004.








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