On 8 February 2019 a new ‘official’ exhibition about Mandela’s life in London’s Waterloo. The exhibition has been organised by one of Mandela’s grandsons and pitches itself in the following terms:
Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition is the major new global exhibition that explores the life of the world’s most famous freedom fighter and political leader. His epic story is told in a series of experiential galleries from his rural childhood home through years of turbulent struggle against the apartheid regime, to his eventual vindication and final years as South Africa’s first democratically elected. His journey to becoming the ‘Father of South Africa’, and a globally loved and respected figure is explored in new, personal and revealing ways. With exclusive stories from Madiba himself, his family and those that knew him best, visitors will see Nelson Mandela in a new light.
A century on from his birth, what does ‘Nelson Mandela’ mean today, in a world where inequality and injustice are still rife? Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition asks these difficult questions and examines his legacy. Mandela’s values and commitment to making the world a better place are just as vital now as they were during his lifetime. This is a story we can all learn from and be inspired by.
We understand that a small number of items relating to the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy in London have been included in the exhibition, thanks to the intervention of Christabel Gurney and the AAM Archives Committee. These include the leaflet produced in 1986 to publicize the launch of the Non-Stop Picket, which had the release of Mandela as its central demand.