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TThe Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is committed to preserving the work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a non-profit organisation. Situated in Houghton, Johannesburg, it is a place dedicated to keeping the memory and the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive.
History and the preservation of the past was very important to Mandela and it is evident that the Nelson Mandela Foundation is committed to the preservation of archives, documents, awards and photographic records that chronicle the late global icon's life.
TThe centre was founded in 2004 as a publicly accessible archive, and their focus has always been on the life and times of Mandela and his dedication to social justice.
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
TThe personal artefacts and exhibitions, which are permanently on display, outline his life and the context of his struggle for freedom. Letters from prison, personal photographs and his Nobel Peace prize all have pride of place at the centre.
Entry to the permanent exhibition, The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela, is free of charge, but it is a good idea to book a tour beforehand via the online booking facility. If you are interested in a visit to the centre you can call ahead to make the necessary arrangements.
MMany say you can feel Mandela’s presence when you take a walk around the office where Mandela worked from 2002 to 2010. Here you will see his books, his personal desk and even the chair he sat in. It is a special place upholding all that is good about Nelson Mandela.
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