Rein­vent­ing the mu­seum

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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

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