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Know Mandela at this virtual museum

The life and times of the former South African president have been documented by Google and Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

art and culture Updated: Mar 30, 2012 13:47 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times

His story is one that inspires, and will continue to do so for generations and ages. And now, the life and times of one of the world’s greatest statesmen have been documented online for eternity. On Thursday, Google Cultural Institute announced the launch of the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive, which essentially is an online collection of digitised photos, videos and documents centering around the former South African president.

At this virtual museum of sorts, visitors can now glance through Mandela’s unseen diaries, works, letters to friends and family, diary entries made during his 27 years of imprisonment and notes he made while leading the negotiations that ended apartheid in South Africa.

Based out of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, South Africa, the virtual museum was developed with the help of $1.25 million in funding provided by the software giant.

“We’ve worked closely with the NMCM to create an interactive online experience which we hope will inspire you as much as us. You can search and browse the archives to explore different parts of Mandela’s life and work in depth — Early Life, Prison Years, Presidential Years, Retirement, Books for Mandela Young People and My Moments with a Legend,” posted Mark Yoshitake, product manager, Google’s Cultural Institute on Google’s official blog.

The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive project aims to help preserve and promote the world’s diverse cultural and historical heritage. The multimedia archive is available to view now.

First Published: Mar 30, 2012 13:44 IST