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A Brief Intro to… Mandela The Official Exhibition

Updated: Jan 30



This Friday 8th February sees the launch of Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition at Leake Street Arches. Celebrating Mandela’s life and legacy, this global museum tour is the only exhibition to be presented in collaboration with the Royal House of Mandela.


Lawyer. Revolutionary. Political prisoner. World leader. Elder statesman. Symbol of the struggle against oppression. Nelson Mandela has been all these things to so many people across the world in the past 50 years and five years after his passing, he continues to remain a human rights icon and to be seen globally as an advocate for change.


Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition is designed to educate, entertain and inspire using many personal belongings and objects never previously seen outside of South Africa.


These items include the suit worn for the opening of the South African parliament in 1996, a traditional head dress gifted to him by The King of Xhosa people, King Xolilzwe Sigcawu, as he awarded Mandela the ancient tribal warrior honour of the Isithwalandwe Sesizwe for the first time in two centuries, his presidential desk and chair and his much loved iconic beige trench coat.


These items are combined with immersive media presentations and scenic re-creations, to enable visitors to actively engage with and experience key moments in Nelson Mandela’s life.


The exhibition reveals his epic story in a series of experiential zones. It takes visitors on Mandela’s life journey, from his little known beginnings in rural Mvezo, Transkei, through decades of turbulent struggle against the apartheid regime, to his eventual vindication and final years as South Africa’s first black president, ‘Father of South Africa’, and a globally loved and respected figure.


Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela says of the exhibition: “The Royal House of Mandela is delighted to endorse this exhibition honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela as it truly captures the spirit of our global icon whose name has become synonymous with international solidarity, justice and peace”.


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Tunnel Rules

London & Continental Railways Limited (LCR), the landlord of Leake Street Arches and the managers of the Leake Street Tunnel, are keen to support the creative community working on Leake Street and ensure that other people in the local area continue to value the contribution that tunnel activities bring to the neighbourhood. These Tunnel Rules are designed to create an enjoyable experience for everyone.

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