National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown

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The National English Literary Museum was founded with a small collection of South African manuscripts by the late Professor Guy Butler of Rhodes University in the 1960s. NELM became a Declared Cultural Institution in 1980 and is funded by the Department of Arts and Culture. Although autonomous, the museum is an associated research institute of Rhodes University.

In 2010, in its 30th year, NELM was awarded The Molteno Medal by the Cape Tercentenary Foundation for its achievement in preserving South African literary heritage.

In 2016 NELM moved into a new custom designed building. We hope to be fully operational again early in 2017. Our website is being revamped, but you can contact us at info@nelm.org.za
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  • NELM should be on your top 5 places to see in Grahamstown. It is modern but is full of history. Children will be intrigued by what is on offer inside and outside the building. It may stick out like a ...  more »
  • A very modern building for Grahamstown, but very nicely constructed with inetresting detail and lovely trees that must still develop. Saw a number of shoes there between the theree of us - extremely c...  more »
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  • A brilliant and illuminating exhibition of South African literary history. The comprehensive archive is managed by experienced librarians and gives researchers access to incredible resources.
  • Really interesting museum, was attending for a book launch. I plan to visit again and check out the exhibitions another time. Worth visiting.
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