Fighting Apartheid in Islington – Free exhibition at the Islington Museum

A free exhibition ‘Fighting Apartheid in Islington’ is running at the Islington Museum in North London from Monday 30th April to Tuesday 19th June 2018 in celebration of Mandela’s centenary of birth this year.

The exhibition tells the story of Islington’s anti-apartheid movement, which was at the heart of the British movement against the apartheid government which was in power in South Africa between 1948 – 1994. It is jointly presented by Islington Council, the Marx Memorial Library and the Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives.

In addition to activity carried out by British activists in the borough, the political party the African National Congress (ANC) had its London base in Penton Street from 1978 – 1984. From this base four young Islington residents were ‘London Recruits’, these individuals undertook secret assignments on behalf of the ANC, visiting South Africa disguised as tourists to spread the ANC’s message to South Africans in the country.

The exhibition features a combination of film, photography and archive including a suitcase with a false bottom that was used to smuggle ANC leaflets into South Africa, and original leaflets and posters from the campaign in Islington. In addition, visitors can view a taster film of the forthcoming full-length feature film ‘London Recruits’, about the young Brits who carried out covert missions during the apartheid regime.

The exhibition is being held at the Islington Museum located at 245 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NB. It is open Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm Wednesdays & Sundays closed. For more information visit

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