A major exhibition about the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela will be making its world debut in London’s 26 Leake Street this February. Visitors will have the opportunity to get up close to artefacts that have never been seen outside his native South Africa before, alongside immersive presentations and scenic re-creations. Items on show include the suit worn for the opening of the South African parliament in 1996, his presidential desk and chair, his iconic beige trench coat, and the traditional head dress gifted to him by The King of Xhosa people.
Visitors will be taken on a journey through Mandela’s life, from his beginnings in rural Mvezo, through years of struggle against the apartheid regime, to his final years as South Africa’s first black president. The exhibition marks 100 years since his birth, and five years since his passing.
Narrative Producer Steven Swaby says: “This unique exhibition goes beyond the well-known ‘Mandela myth’ and reveals the inner stories of a remarkable life lived with remarkable courage, conviction and compassion. It asks us to consider the meaning of Mandela in the here-and-now and explores the complexities of his legacy in a world where inequality and injustice are still a daily fact of life.”
8 February-1 April 2019