The Monument

A memorial with a purpose

The 1820 Settlers' National Monument was built to commemorate the contributions made by English-speaking Settlers to South Africa, drawing particular attention to two areas of British Settler heritage that benefit all South Africans - the English language, and the democratic tradition.

The building's design, influenced by the architecture of Louis Kahn, and designed by Mr F. Jock Lamond (Jock) Sturrock, was intended for use as a conference centre to encourage free and open debate and discussion, freedom of association, and, with state of the art theatre facilities and a 940-seat theatre, to encourage freedom of expression and creativity.

The Monument is unique in that since its opening on 13 July 1974, this superbly equipped building has been a centre of creative thought and activity, encouraging all who encounter it, to look forward with hope.

The concept of a Living Monument has led to the establishment of far reaching educational and cultural projects that affect the lives of well over 200 000 people a year from across South Africa and beyond its borders.


We invite you to explore this Living Monument as a multi-purpose and conference centre

Free tours of the building are held on request, and the Monument and its various venues, can be hired at nominal rates for conferences, meetings, symposia, performances, prize-givings, dinners, functions, weddings, you name it! We invite you to contact us to discuss your event, and how we can help you to stage it.

Did you know...?

The Fountain Court statue is designed to look like scaffolding.
The 'scaffolding' symbolises the notion that the work of the English speaker in South Africa continues. 
The rectangles and diagonals represent the crosses of the British Flag.
It is built entirely of yellowwood, which is appropriate as it is both indigenous and was used by the 1820 Settlers.

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