Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition
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The Nyanga Historical Exhibition is housed in Cecil Rhodes' (1853–1902) former stables in the grounds next door to the Rhodes Nyanga Hotel. It has a wonderful collection of his belongings, as well as some interesting exhibits on the local area, colonial history and stone age relics.

History

The Museum building itself, now known as Rhodes’ stables was built by a stonemason, R. Marks, and was used for the stabling of horses and mules during the several visits Cecil Rhodes made to Nyanga between 1896 and 1900. On his death in 1902, the Nyanga estate was part of his bequest in trust to the people of Zimbabwe. The National Trust of Zimbabwe acquired the right to occupy the building in 1974 from the Government for the public display of manuscripts, photographs and other exhibits of interest relating to Nyanga and persons and events connected with its history and development.


Why Visit

Must visit for background and understanding of the history, natural heritage and culture of the Nyanga area Easily accessible in the old stable block, next to the Rhodes Nyanga Hotel. In recent times it has been brought to life by a dedicated group of volunteers with the active support of the National Trust of Zimbabwe. Display area has been extended into the hay loft and harness room, increasing the exhibition space by 100per cent and includes a children’s activity area

Exhibits

The exhibits include locally excavated tools and artefacts from the Stone Age period and explain life in the Iron Age. A photographic display of evidence of communities of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries, including the pit structures, forts and terracing and the gradual movement from the Uplands to the Lowlands at Ziwa Ruins can be seen. It goes on to describe the tribal areas that existed and the Treaty negotiated between A.E. Colquhoun on behalf of the BSA Company with Chief Mutasa is described. A detailed account of traditional leadership in the area since the first records were kept is displayed. The Museum describes how Chief Rekayi Tangwena defied attempts by Ian Smith’s government to be moved from their ancestral lands north of Nyanga, despite the 1967 Court judgements ordering his people to be evicted for unlawfully occupying land in contravention of the Land Apportionment Act. They refused to be settled elsewhere and resisted eviction, even though their homes were destroyed, and they even hid in the hills, whilst others found sanctuary on Cold Comfort Farm with Guy and Molly Clutton Brock. Zimbabwe Monuments, Galleries And Museums