This month we open a free exhibition which marks the 80th anniversary of Liberty, the campaigning organisation for human rights.

Liberty80 – The Anniversary Exhibition – celebrates eight decades of Liberty holding the powerful to account, showing battles fought and won for freedom, fairness, justice and equality – with some striking parallels between 1934 and the present day.

Historic items on display range from a copy of the original Manchester Guardian letter announcing NCCL’s (National Council for Civil Liberties) formation in 1934 to a whiteboard depicting Labour’s backbench rebellion on 42-day pre-charge detention during Liberty’s victorious Charge or Release campaign in 2008.

There are also pieces from Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing OBE, Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE and photographer Mary McCartney. The exhibition runs Tuesday 21 October 2014 - Saturday 17 January 2015 Admission is free to the exhibition and the Mezzanine Gallery is open on Monday to Friday, from 10am to 7.30pm; on Saturday from 10am to 8pm and on Sunday from 11am to 5.00pm.

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ON LIBERTY: SHAMI CHAKRABARTI

Alongside the Liberty80 Exhibition there will also be a one off event with the Director of the UK's leading civil rights organisation: Shami Chakrabarti. The story of today's threats to our freedoms and a highly personal, impassioned plea in defence of fundamental rights, from the director of Liberty.