Mandela Memorial Plans backed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Mandela 8 Project

Mandela8 are delighted to have been awarded £95k from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to establish and deliver a major oral history programme ensuring the history and stories of community activists in Toxteth and their first-hand memories of anti-apartheid struggles are told. The project will record the memories of Princes Park, collect photos and memorabilia and deliver a range of engagement activities with people of all ages to ensure we have a long lasting digital educational resource for many years to come.

 The project will create employment opportunities and develop 15 heritage research volunteers with support and training from National Museums Liverpool. 15 young people will also be provided with digital skills training to support recording of heritage stories.

Sonia Bassey, MBE Mandela8 Chair said:

 “We are excited to get started with this project that will leave a lasting legacy for our community so they continue to know the valuable contribution activists in communities made to society and social justice long after we are gone”.

“We are delighted with the additional funding secured for the engagement programme for the Nelson Mandela memorial. It will be a truly inclusive centrepiece of the park, ensuring his legacy, values and ideals are formally marked, promoting social and racial understanding, tolerance and tackling issues around cultural diversity.”

David Renwick, Director of England, North at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: 

“Communities are at the heart of the projects we invest in, and we are proud to be supporting Mandela8 in their project to remember and record important stories of anti-apartheid struggles. The project not only ensures that these memories will be safeguarded, but also share them with the next generation of the community.”

Heather Ring, Director, Wayward said: 

“Wayward is deeply honoured to be selected to design the Nelson Mandela Memorial, Liverpool. This important remembrance is for future generations to discover how the men and women in the great City of Liverpool stood with Nelson Mandela throughout his struggle to end apartheid and heal a fractured nation. The design of the memorial reflects upon the gardens Mandela tended to while incarcerated, notably in oil drums at Pollsmoor Prison, which stood as symbols of resistance, tools for resilience, spaces for reflection and platforms for community.”

Mandela 8 Project

An important part of the Mandela8 project will be the building of a bridge to link the island of the Princes Park lake to the main footpaths around it. Reflecting on Mandela's incarceration on Robben island, the bridge is representative of his  life works and struggles which were all about building bridges, connecting people and breaking down barriers.

  • The Memorial will:
  •  Be installed in a garden setting as Nelson Mandela established gardens in Pollsmoor prison and it was one of the few things he could control. 
  • Be made of limestone which was the stone Nelson Mandela quarried in prison.
  • Have 32 cylindrical pillars for seating as Nelson Mandela used 16 oil drums cut in half to cultivate 32 planters to make his gardens in prison. These planters were cleverly used to hide and get his manuscripts out of prison. 32 also represents the size of a UK classroom.
  • Have a pavilion representing the tutor and in prison people would gather round in a circle to listen and be taught disguising or hiding the tutor.