15 October 2005: Final workshop of The TEPC project, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Workshop "Report-back on the TEPC project", the Transcription of Estate Papers of the Cape of Good Hope.

The press meeting at the start of the TEPC project in December 2004; left Dutch consul general, Mrs Ellen Berends.

A joint project of University of the Western Cape and University of Cape Town
funded by the Netherlands Consulate General

Date Saturday 15 October 2005
Time 08h30 to 14h30
Venue Centre for African Studies (Gallery), University of Cape Town
RSVP now or before 30 September 2005 to Maurits van Bever Donker: cape or 021 650 2358
Lunch will be served at 13h30 (halaal ingredients); please confirm that you?ll be staying to eat and chat


  • Continuing participation and feedback of supporters and users
  • Introduction of drs Hanno de Vries, a partner from the Dutch National Archives in The Hague which is hosting the TEPC database and website.
  • Report back of the TEPC Transcription team on progress to date, the development of public access to the transcribed material, and the value of the project for local and international research.

Results by the end of 2005:

  • Transcription and copy-editing of 50 archival volumes of inventories and auction lists from deceased estates at the Cape - over 20,000 pages of hand-written manuscripts!
  • Development of protocols, templates and guidelines for the technical process
  • Nationaal Archief, the National Archives in the Netherlands, will provide public access through the Internet at the TANAP-website. 
  • Collection of relevant study materials
  • A glossary (in English, Dutch and Afrikaans) of hundreds of words commonly used in the 18th century Cape.

Activities of the workshop team in 2005:

  • Set up a network of interested researchers and user-developers;
  • Organization of three public workshops: a general introduction, a focus-group for materials for educators, and a general report-back;
  • Updated and reprint of Slaves at the Cape: a guide for beginner researchers;
  • Research en writing of Households at the Cape: a guidebook for beginner researchers.

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