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Toni Pretorius

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In 2008 the National Museum embarked on a project to enhance the availability of its displays for persons with disabilities. A strong focus was placed on the needs of visually impaired visitors; this was a first for museums in South Africa at the time. This development involved the creation of touch-friendly displays, braille text panels, audio tours and guided tours for blind visitors.

Recently the National Museum held an exhibition about body art and its relationship to identity.  As part of this display visitors were introduced to ‘Ötzi’, the oldest known example of a tattooed body.  Ötzi was named after the region in the Ötzal Alps near the Similaun mountain refuge in north-west Italy, where he was discovered in 1991 by hikers in a thawing glacier pool.  Currently he is kept preserved in a perfectly controlled environment in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, in Bolzano, Italy, where he provides an invaluable view into Neolithic man’s life and environment.