Many people and organisations have helped in the creation of this website. Thanks to: Hanef Bhamjee; Stefan Dickers, Bishopsgate Institute; David Easterbrook, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University; Peter Hain; Tony Hollingsworth; Richard Knight, African Activist Archive; Marx Memorial Library; Sue Longbottom; Carole McCallum, Glasgow Caledonian University Archive; Morning Star; Museum of London; Patsy Pillay; People’s History Museum; Report Digital; Dorothy Robinson; Kier Schuringa, International Institute of Social History; James Scott; Dr Alison Twells, Penny Capper, Ian Carew, Jonathan Dobson and Sam Parkin, Sheffield Hallam University; Andrew Wiard. Special thanks to Lucy McCann, Bodleian Library.

We are grateful to Connie Field, Clarity Film Productions, for permission to use clips from interviews recorded for the film series ‘Have You Heard from Johannesburg?’ and to Håkan Thörn for interviews conducted for his book ‘Anti-Apartheid and the Emergence of a Global Civil Society’.

Thanks to our funders: the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Thanks also to all our volunteers who conducted and transcribed interviews, and processed and uploaded material onto the website, including Matt Battey, Reena Dayal, Hadeel Eltayeb, Lauren Carsley, Angela Drinnan, Ellie McDonald, Hanah Sandhu, Eoin O'Cearnaigh, Margaret Ling, Chitra Karve, Suresh Kamath, Helen Gibb, Charlie Morgan, Shijia Yu, Vida Scannell, Lamees Al Mubarak, Frances Freeman, Sarah Dar, Kayley Porter and Jacqui Wedlake Hatton.

AAM Archives Committee: Lord Hughes of Woodside (Chair), Christabel Gurney (Secretary), Suresh Kamath (Treasurer), Richard Caborn, Brian Filling, Laurie Flynn, Tony Hollingsworth, Margaret Ling, Shula Marks, Lucy McCann, Dorothy Robinson, Glen Robinson

Project Manager and website design: Jeff Howarth

Captions and text: Christabel Gurney

An exciting new project plans to convert the former London office of the African National Congress in Penton Street, Islington into a Centre of Memory and Learning about the anti-apartheid solidarity movement. The project has been launched by The Liliesleaf Trust UK, working with the AAM Archives Committee and other groups. It has won support from the GLA’s Good Growth Fund and is working to raise matched funding to convert the building into an exhibition and educational centre. Whilst building plans have been on hold because of the Coronavirus crisis, education and community engagement is ongoing. For example, as part of Islington Borough’s Black History Month 2020 celebration and supporting learning from and about diverse and inclusive histories, the Trust created two family craft and design activities that invite design ideas for a new community learning garden for the borough. These can be found on our educational resources page

If you want to reproduce any of the material on the website please contact the AAM Archives Committee on . We will usually agree to the reproduction of the documents for which the AAM Archives Committee holds the copyright free of charge. Where copyright is held by photographers or other agencies we will put you in touch with the copyright holder.

Every effort has been made to trace or contact all copyright holders. Where we have been unable to do this we have included all the information we have about the provenance of an item in the metadata. For some of the photographs there is no copyright information. We will make good any omissions or rectify any mistakes brought to our attention.

What makes an effective campaigning organisation?

This education pack is designed to be used as part of an off-timetable day, but could equally be spread across a month of form periods. It is cross-curricular, with a primary focus on citizenship, but a strong secondary focus on history, and tertiary focuses on English, art, design and technology, and potentially other subject areas.

The pack is designed with five one-hour lessons in mind:

Introduction PDF download

Lesson 1: When is it appropriate to campaign on issues that mainly affect people in other countries? PDF download

Lesson 2: Why was the British Anti-Apartheid Movement set up and how did it campaign? PDF download

Lesson 3: What core themes and messages should our own pressure group promote? PDF download

Lesson 4: What are the most effective ways of spreading our message?  PDF download

Lesson 5: What do effective pressure groups have in common? PDF download

This is a work in progress – if you teach at a school which would like to trial the pack, please contact  

Black History Month

Congratulations to the students who won prizes and commendations in the ‘Make a Memorial to Oliver Tambo’ schools competition held to celebrate the centenary of Tambo’s birth in October 2017. The competition was organised by Park View School in Haringey, north London, in partnership with the Anti-Apartheid Movement Archive, Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) and Brand South Africa.

There were cash prizes for three age ranges: Key stage 2 primary school pupils (7–11); Key stage 3 secondary school students (11–14); Key stage 4 and 5 secondary/sixth-form college students (14–18). Entries included poems, paintings, sculptures, websites – and a board game. Oliver Tambo’s family lived in Haringey during their years of exile from South Africa.

‘We were overwhelmed by the amount of entries,’ said Daniel Lyndon, lead practitioner in Humanities at Park View. ‘At the school we set this as Year 7 homework so they’ve had six weeks to do the project and in total nine schools in Haringey have submitted entries. It was important to raise awareness about the work of Oliver Tambo. He’s not as well-known as he should be, so this was a good opportunity to celebrate his contribution in fighting for equality and freedom.’

One of the winning entries was a poem called ‘30 Years’ by Precious, aged 17, from Tottenham, who goes to Greig City Academy. ‘I didn’t know anything about Oliver Tambo before this competition but I found researching him and his life really interesting’, she said. ‘I took two days over this poem and was shocked to win because there was so many talented entries out there.’

‘I made a wire sculpture of his head’, said another award-winner, Stanley, aged 12, a pupil at Park View. ‘He was an amazing man who sacrificed so much and did his bit to change the world for other people who are suffering.’

Reception 2A prize-giving event was held at Park View on 2 November. The many diverse memorials were displayed with a ‘top table’ featuring the winning entries for the different age groups. Those present included former anti-apartheid activist and Cabinet Minister Peter Hain, Tottenham MP David Lammy and the Leader of Haringey Council, Claire Kober. The school’s Drama Group made a stunning music and drama presentation based on Nelson Mandela’s funeral eulogy for Oliver Tambo. Another student played his own keyboard arrangement of ‘Nkosi Sikelele’, South Africa’s national anthem.

Special thanks to Lela Kogbara, Tim Spafford, Dan Lyndon and Martin Spafford for organising the competition, and to Brand South Africa for sponsorship.

You can see more photos of the competition entries and the prize-giving on Park View School’s website here.