To coincide with the Ruth First Papers project symposium, which took place on the 7th of June, the Library has put up a small exhibition of material from the Ruth First and related archive collections.
Ruth First was a South African anti-apartheid activist, journalist and scholar who wrote and spoke on South Africa and more widely on Africa, carrying out important work on Namibia, Mozambique and Libya. This is one of a number of archive collections concerning apartheid and Southern Africa held within the Institute of Commonwealth Studies collection.
This exhibition concentrates on the period 1946-1964 when Ruth First was active in South Africa as both journalist and activist and includes material relating to the Bethal farm labour scandal, the Freedom Charter, the Treason Trial, the banning of the Guardian and the subsequent Freedom of the Press Conference of November 1951, Ruth First’s journalism, her banning and arrest and detention under the 90-day law.
The exhibition is on the fourth floor of Senate House, in the Membership Hall of the Senate House Library and admission is free (just say at the membership desk you wish to see the exhibition). The exhibition runs until the 21st of June.