The Archival Platform is a civil society initiative committed to deepening democracy through the use of memory and archives as dynamic public resources. The Archival Platform was established by the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative at the University of Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela Foundation (now Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory) in response to challenges raised by delegates to the 2007 â€œNational System, Public Interestâ€ conference. This dialogue, co-convened by the National Archives, the NMF and the Witwatersrand University's Constitution of Public Intellectual Life Research Project, was a high-profile attempt to draw attention to the growing crisis in the archive and resulted in an Open Report to the Minister of Arts and Culture, which sounded a very serious warning about the state of the national archival system. The Archival Platform is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies.
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