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Workers Museum and Library 2088

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For those who are interested in the development of Johannesburg and the role played by the migrant workers who were pivotal in building this city, this is the place to visit. The worker's museum and library is situated in a restored municipal worker's compound, which served the electricity department for the city. The east wing of the building was developed into a worker's museum that commemorated the history of the African migrant workers. It also provides a faithful reconstruction of the conditions in the single-sex hostels in which black Joburg municipal workers lived and struggled, for the better part of the 20th century.

The library boasts an impressive collection of labour related materials from books, videos and periodicals, chronicling the history of the working class movement, to economics, labour law and industrial policy. This is a researcher's dream, if you are into South African industrial history.

Open Thursday to Saturday 9am - 4pm

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