Forward to Freedom: The history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement 1959- 1994

A new website drawing on the Anti-Apartheid Movement archive at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, has been launched at a reception at South Africa House, London, on 20th March. ‘Forward to Freedom: the history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1959-1994’ ( features video, documents, posters, photographs, badges and other items and interviews with 30 activists and supporters including politicians  Barbara Castle and David Steel, both AAM Presidents in the 1960s, trade union leader Ron Todd and musician Jerry Dammers. The website summarises the history of the Movement and describes the campaigns it organised, such as the consumer and sports boycotts, arms embargo and support for political prisoners, and the groups involved, ranging from students and trade unions to local authorities and professional groups.

The website is part of a wider education project that includes a pop-up exhibition with 22 display boards on anti-apartheid campaigns and support groups which is available for loan. An education pack for Key Stage 3 is in course of preparation.

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