Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project.

The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project is now available online from the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Google Cultural Institute. The exhibition brings together 2000 documents, photographs and videos from all the key moments of his life, including his childhood, imprisonment and Presidency. Material included includes manuscripts of his autobiographical writings, calendars kept while in prison, diaires from the Presidential years, correspondence, video and photographs. The project is still in progress and more material is expected to be added over time.

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory delivers the core-work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 to support its Founder’s ongoing engagement in worthy causes on his retirement as President of South Africa. The Foundation is registered as a trust, with its board of trustees comprising prominent South Africans selected by the Founder.

The Centre of Memory was inaugurated by Nelson Mandela on 21 September 2004, and endorsed as the core work of the Foundation in 2006. The Centre focuses on three areas of work: the Life and Time of Nelson Mandela, Dialogue for Social Justice and Nelson Mandela International Day. The Centre works closely with its sister organisations, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and The Mandela Rhodes Foundation. It co-ordinates its activities with those of other institutions that have a stake in its Founder’s legacy, including the 46664 Campaign, the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development, the Nelson Mandela Museum and the Robben Island Museum.

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