Faculty Advisor

Addison, William A.

Faculty Advisor

Weininger, Stephen J.


The Old Location was a township established to separate the indigenous peoples from white settlers in Windhoek, Namibia. In the late 1950s, as South Africa began to enforce its apartheid policies in Namibia, the residents of the Old Location were forcefully removed and relocated to Khomasdal and Katutura. In 2002, the city of Windhoek constructed a building known as the Historical House to function as an archive and low key museum, dedicated to preserving the history of the Old Location. The purpose of our project was to obtain oral histories and artifacts relating to the Old Location. We conducted interviews with former residents to investigate what life was like before and during the forced relocation in 1959. Residents were also asked if they had any artifacts from the Old Location which they would be willing to donate for archival purposes. The personal accounts and artifacts that we collected will eventually be placed in the Historical House for use of scholars, tourists, and former residents of the Old Location.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2005

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry