Liberty is a self-guided walk from Tate Britain along the north bank of the Thames to Victoria Tower Gardens. The journey connects 10 landmarks, each associated with ideas about ‘liberty’ and freedom.
The walk begins at Henry Moore’s statue Locking Piece before attention focuses on the largely hidden landmarks of Millbank Penitentiary, formerly occupying the site of Tate Britain. It was from this prison that convicts where transported to Australia during the mid 19th century (giving rise to the expression poms – prisoners of Millbank). Several landmarks are explored in and around this site before the journey moves along Millbank passing MI5, Britain’s domestic counter-intelligence agency. The walk concludes in Victoria Tower Gardens at the Buxton Memorial Fountain. This is landmark commemorates the emanicipation of slaves in the British Empire (1834).
Liberty is one of five self-guided walks in development linking Tate Britain to Tate Modern. The walks aim to explore one of the richest seams of British history. The Liberty stage has funded by an Arts Council grant and supported by partners MSL Ltd and the University of Kent.