Shortly before his death in 1984, Italo Calvino assembled thirty-eight essays in his Collections of Sand (Collezione di Sabbia). One section of essays was labelled ‘The Traveller in the Map’ (Il viandante nella mappa). Calvino described his notion of a cartographic odyssey:



Parallel experiences and narratives in the histories of South Africa and of Ireland, and the ways in which the stories of pain and of hope are shared by storytellers who guide visitors in museums and heritage sites in each context, make for an important and timely comparison. The authors reflect, in the closing pages of this book, on the relevance of museums in the twenty-first century.



Fighter for justice and human rights, Helen Suzman (nee Gavronsky) lived in the original house on this stand until her marriage in 1937. She was awarded the Order of Merit (Gold) South Africa in 1995 for her 38 years‘ struggle as a member in the white South African Parliament.