As part of Project Gateway's striving for sustainability and self-sufficiency, the Issachar Trust was created in 2004, to raise funds which are then used to support community projects. One of the ways we do this is through Tourism. School parties, local people and overseas visitors are amongst the many people who visit The Old Prison to discover more about its history.
The oldest building within The Old Prison complex has been declared a National Monument. With National Lottery funding, we have developed the National Monument into a not-to-be-missed 'state of the art' Museum.
We have an interactive touch table which gives details of many of the well known people who were incarcerated in the prison. We have a 'leper' cell, as leprosy was punishable by imprisonment during the mid 1880s. The Gandhi Foundation and Ela Gandhi, have loaned us the Kasturba Gandhi roving exhibit which is displayed upstairs in our exhibition centre. We have also dedicated a cell upstairs to King Dinuzulu, giving the public information about the life and imprisonment of the King.
We would like to thank the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund for their assistance in funding this project.
Building renovations have made it more accessible for tourists and those interested in spending time in the Museum. Artefacts have been placed in various cells and touch screen computers and other interactive technology has been installed.
Why not book a tour of the Prison for your own group or organisation? Call +27 (0)33 845 0400.