The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Google Cultural Institute has teamed up to create a online digital museum type archive known as exhibits. These archives give you the feel of a museum like experience with photos, letters and personal stories of people who have been touched by the Great Nelson Mandela.
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory delivers the core-work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization 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 organizations, 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.The Centre acknowledges the invaluable digitization work on Nelson Mandela’s private papers done by Ardon Bar-Hama.
I was truly intrigued when I entered the NELSON MANDELA: EARLY LIFE exhibit. There was Mandela’s Methodist Church Card, early photographs and a actual hand written letter by Nelson Mandela to to Senator Douglas Lukhele in Swaziland , dated 1 August 1970, where he reminded himself of his country childhood.
Visit the digital archive at archives.nelsonmandela.org