Taking Liberties in the North East

Taking Liberties volunteers

The Heritage Lottery funded exhibition, Taking Liberties in the North East, ran in Newcastle City Library between 24 November 2010 and 30 January 2011 and featured many items from the Newcastle Collection. It focused on the 900-year struggle for democracy in the United Kingdom, paying particular attention to the North East’s contribution to the fight for civil liberties and human rights.

The exhibition also included work by the Taking Liberties Project, in which asylum-seekers, migrant workers and refugees recounted their experience of civil liberties in their native countries and related how they came to be resident in the North East. Their testimony has been included here in the hope that it will lead to greater understanding of these groups and emphasize the major contribution they make to the life of the region.

View Life and Liberty: Personal Testimony from the Taking Liberties Project (English)

Access lesson plans and teacher resources

View Life and Liberty (Farsi)
View Life and Liberty (French)
View Life and Liberty (Amharic)