Case Study:
The Cradle of Humankind
A World Heritage Site

The Cradle of Humankind recently selected Alcorn McBride as the sole supplier of all the Show Control, Audio, Video and Lighting control requirements at their new “Marapeng” museum as well as at the Sterkfontein Visitors Centre and Cave – a world heritage site.

The Cradle of Humankind provides important information about members of one of the oldest groups of hominids, the Australopithecines. Australopithecus was a bipedal, small-brained hominid that appeared about 5 million years ago.

Maropeng, meaning ‘returning to the place of our origins’ in Setswana, is located in the Cradle of Humankind, one of South Africa’s first World Heritage Sites. The Tumulus, a replica of an ancient underground burial mound, was purpose-built as a visitor centre at Maropeng to showcase the Cradle of Humankind and the unprecedented quantity of hominid fossils discovered throughout the fossil sites in this area. It also offers insight into the progress that humankind has made from our early beginnings to where we are today, and promotes a consciousness of preserving our natural heritage for future generations. It is a fun and educational visit for the entire family.

Using Alcorn McBride audio visual technology, this world-acclaimed visitor centre features a large interactive zone demonstrating how science has shed some light onto the many mysteries of the world, including how Earth was formed and the physical changes that our world has undergone since the first life forms emerged 3.8-billion years ago. Interactive displays provide insight into the unique characteristics of modern humankind and impart a multitude of intriguing facts about the human population.

Maropeng selected Alcorn McBride because, "The technology is highly reliable, which is paramount to a successful visitor experience. Visitors to Maropeng are exposed to a wide variety of audio, visual and lighting effects, all which need to respond and work flawlessly every day. With the use of the specialised equipment that is currently installed, this is possible with virtually no down-time at all,” says John Petrie of Sonic Factory, the local supplier of Alcorn McBride equipment and responsible for the supply and programming of the equipment at Maropeng.

The visitor centre is open daily from 9am to 5pm and directions are available on

Alcorn McBride is the sole supplier
Name The Cradle of Humankind
Contact Maropeng
Installation Questek
Programming Sonic Factory
Audio 8-TraXX
Video DVM-7400
Lighting AM4
Show Control V16+

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