I recently attended the Archives and Public Culture Research Initiative quarterly workshop held at the Jon Berndt Thought Space. It was an intensive three days in which a number of working papers from various disciplines, broadly relating to the archive, were presented. Papers included topics such as the early years of black radio broadcasts in Zulu, the Victorian postmodern in contemporary South African art and literature, possibilities for cultural recovery in southern KwaZulu-Natal and work on the Bleek and Lloyd Collection. The workshop is a constructive, academic yet welcoming forum for the presentation and critique of works in progress. It concluded with the official launch of the Archive and Public Culture website and the opening of the Jon Berndt Thought Space.