Calling all former activists

If you were previously an anti-apartheid activist we would like to hear from you. Email your story to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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Borrow an exhibition

A pop-up exhibition ‘Forward to Freedom: The history of the Anti-Apartheid Movement’ is available on loan. If you want to borrow it or can suggest a venue where it can be displayed contact us by email
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(22 lightweight A2 boards)

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Video Mandela Concert at Wembley 1988

 

Video Anti-Apartheid Movement Hyde Park Rally 1988

 

Video Fruits of Fear campaigns film

Video Have You Heard From Johannesburg

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These video interviews are taken from the award winning film series ‘Have You Heard from Johannesburg?’, a Clarity Films production, produced and directed by Connie Field. 

http://www.clarityfilms.org/haveyouheardfromjohannesburg

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Forward to Freedom

Forward to Freedom tells the story of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and its campaigns to support the people of South Africa in their fight against apartheid. The AAM also campaigned for freedom for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola, and against South Africa’s attacks on its neighbours.

On this website you can find out how hundreds of thousands of people all over Britain took part in anti-apartheid activities. You can watch demonstrations and concerts, and hear from some of those involved. We hope you will find it interesting and look forward to hearing from you. Please send your feedback and questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The website is part of a wider education project set up by the AAM Archives Committee that includes a pop-up exhibition and learning resources. It has been funded by the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and organised in partnership with Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).

The AAM archive is held at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford and is open to researchers on application for a Bodleian reader’s card. The archive of Wales AAM is at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwth and that of the Scottish AA Committee at Glasgow Caledonian University.

News, events and features

  • Remembering Nelson Mandela

     

    pic8220xNelson Mandela was remembered on 5 December, the first anniversary of his death, at special events in Leeds and in Haringey, north London. In Leeds, civic leaders, community groups and young people gathered in Mandela Gardens to watch a specially commissioned film about Mandela’s legacy. In Haringey, where local residents played a big part in the campaign to free Nelson Mandela, people were asked to come to Bruce Castle Museum on Saturday 6 December to record their memories. The event accompanied an exhibition ‘Nelson Mandela and the Haringey Anti-Apartheid Movement’, which runs until 21 December.

    Photo: ANC representative Ruth Mompati with Leeds councillors in 1982 

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  • New on the website …

    aae05 smallestIn the late 1980s AA Enterprises commissioned new designs for clothing, jewellery, badges and household goods publicising anti-apartheid campaigns. It asked AAM supporters to ‘trade against apartheid’ by buying goods from the frontline states, as well as by boycotting South Africa products. Its mail order catalogues are now on the website – ‘Browse the archive – Miscellaneous’.  If you still have any of AA Enterprises products and are willing to donate them to the AAM archive please get in touch – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     
  • Donald Woods Foundation Library and Archive

    Woods 2A new library and archive of Donald Woods’ books and papers is set to open at Hobeni, Eastern Cape. Hobeni, where Donald Woods was born and where he and his wife Wendy are now buried, is the headquarters of the Donald Woods Foundation.

    The library contains 1,102 books and well over 3,000 documents, posters, audiotapes, videos and photographs, currently being catalogued and archived by former anti-apartheid activist David Kenvyn. Selected items will be available online. 

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Browse an archive of photos and documents

selection of posters

 

Former activists tell their stories

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A significant part of this project was to record the experiences of former activists in Britain.

Jerry Dammers formed the Specials in Coventry in 1977. An anti-apartheid activist from his school days he helped start Artists Against Apartheid in the UK to campaign and help enforce the cultural boycott. He wrote the song, Free Nelson Mandela, which became an international hit and helped raise awareness of the plight of Mandela and political prisoners in South Africa.

You can hear him talk about writing the song

 

 Learn about the history of the Anti-Apartheid Movement through the decades

pic6404In 1964 Marlon Brando asked film directors, actors and producers to forbid the screening of their films before segregated audiences in South Africa on a visit to London. In this photograph he is at a press conference with the Anti-Apartheid Movement’s Hon. Secretary Abdul Minty.

The Rolling Stones broke off negotiations for a South African tour and the Beatles announced they opposed apartheid.

Read more about this history starting with the Boycott Movement in 1959, through the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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