Nelson Mandela: 30 Years of Freedom

Celebrating the anniversary of Madiba's return

In collaboration with

The Nelson Mandela Foundation
and 4 more collections

What happened on 11 February 1990?

"Amandla! Amandla! i-Afrika, mayibuye! My friends, comrades and fellow South Africans, I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all."- Nelson Mandela

Thirty years on

Meet the people carrying on Mandela's legacy

“Today the majority of South Africans, black and white, recognise that apartheid has no future.”- Nelson Mandela

Making Mandela

From growing up in Mvezo to becoming the first Black president of South Africa

“I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.”- Nelson Mandela

Looking back at apartheid

The enforced racial segregation that existed in South Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s

Where the events unfolded

Take a virtual tour of iconic locations from history

The power of protest

How the power of protest brought about change

"Prison - far from breaking our spirits - made us more determined to continue with this battle until victory was won"- Nelson Mandela

27 years behind bars

The story of Mandela's time in prison

Nelson Mandela in his own words

Zoom into his letters and diaries

Inside Robben Island

The island prison where Mandela spent 18 years of his life

A Virtual Tour of the Prison

A new era

Mandela's time as the first democratically elected President of South Africa

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."- Nelson Mandela

Learning from Mandela

The influence and impact of South Africa's first Black president

Make every day a Mandela Day

Honouring Mandela on his birthday

Learn more about Mandela's life and legacy