Reinventing the museum
Shut down in 1987 after 130 years of operation, the Old Prison in Pietermaritzburg has had a makeover. Run by Project Gateway, a church-based organisation, it has been revamped, and Formula D, a local design consultancy, created an interactive experience for the new museum.
“The list of individuals who were imprisoned there reads like a political who’s who,” says Michael Wolf of Formula D.
“King Dinuzulu, Chief Langalibalele, Nelson Mandela, Harry Gwala, as well as Mohandas and Kasturba Gandhi, and many others [were held there].”
Inside the haunting structure, visitors get to play with touch screen tables, where you can use your hands to swish through the timelines that track the prison’s heritage. Also, watch some impressive 3-D visualisations of a time that we could previously only access through photographs. – Garreth van Niekerk
FUTURE PAST history
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