Photographer: Paul Grendon
Richard Rive’s 1986 novel, Buckingham Palace, District Six, depicts life and characters in District Six during the 1950s and 60s. It depicts their responses to the devastating removals under the Group Areas Act.
This truly sad, angry, nostalgic, yet sometimes funny novel formed the basis of the Buckingham Palace Exhibition that was open to the public from March 1998 until May 2000. The exhibition opened at the Museum’s Buitenkant Street premises on 24 March
The exhibition was a tremendous success with both teachers and learners. The novel formed part of the school curriculum, and the exhibition was the Museum’s first focused attempt to fulfill an educational curricular need.
In writing the novel, Rive felt “a need to write