United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) Church Endangered Archives Pilot Project (EAP1032)

Aims and objectives

The pilot project will cover a representative sample of the areas where the works of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) were carried out, showing the positive impact it made in society. The project will lead to the salvaging and preservation of original copies on site and scanned copies digitised as well as putting up measures in place to preserve the records. Preservation measures will include but not limited to setting up conducive environmental and climatic conditions, arrangement and description of collections, listing and developing guides for easy location and retrieval.

The pilot project will provide a good indication of what exists in a full coverage of the Church’s existence; reveal the actual works carried out by the church, showing its contribution to nation building. This will inevitably require the pilot to be extended to a fully-fledged project which will provide a complete and comprehensive picture of the Church’s contribution to nation building.

Records of the project date from the 1900s and possibly 1800s and cover periods up to the 1990s, which cover the pre and post-independence periods.

The specific outcomes of the project  will be as follows:

  • A written survey report on the condition of the endangered records and archives, at the ten

     (10) sites namely the UCCSA Synod office in Gaborone, the Trinity Church in Gaborone, Moeding College, Lobatse, Kanye, Gantsi, Serowe, Palapye, Francistown and Maun.


The following survey was produced at the end of this project: