“The Story of Indenture 1860 -1911” our permanent exhibition.
Throughout history, communities in every part of the world have experienced the consequences of human migration and the reshaping of history that comes with it. This history comes with pain and suffering of people who gave up the known, for the unknown in their search for a better life. This quest for a better life is explored in this exhibition called “The Story of Indenture 1860 -1911.” This exhibition celebrates the willpower, desire and sacrifice of our forefathers to find a better life in a foreign land. These walls also echo a place of hope where tragedy meets courage, hatred meets compassion and fear meets determination. Their contribution in forging an economy, an identity and a proud legacy of human triumph in the face of adversity is our South African story.
Curator: Selvan Naidoo
MGL wing: #MandelaGandhiLuthuli
Nobel Peace prize winners, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli form part of our MGL story. The history of these three giants of South Africa’s history are showcased in two rooms. In these rooms, we highlight common threads of a shared heritage and history. We highlight the early years of Gandhi in South Africa through to his realisation of the ‘Mahatma’. We then highlight the role of Chief Luthuli in creating the foundation walls of our fledgling democracy. In the last room we simulate the ‘prison’ experience of Mandela’s incarceration during his years at Robben Island. We also showcase the names of all The Treason Trialists and highlight our common history.
A room that transports you to a forgotten world of socio-cultural identity. Artefacts from a rich tapestry of history is well preserved in a rich presentation for the young and the old. A room that gives tangible evidence of slowly vanishing traditions…
CURRIES: a living legacy of Sport, Identity and Politics
INDENTURE to DEMOCRACY: reception room
We summarise a timeline history highlighting a new narrative of unbiased history. A room that outlines our vision for the 1860 Heritage Centre.
PASSAGE WAY EXHIBITS
UPCOMING EXHIBITION: An Arts & Culture exhibition