Permanent and Temporary Exhibitions
The Peace Museum’s unique exhibitions explore peace history as well as contemporary issues, local heritage, peacemakers stories and the ways in which people have worked to make the world a better place to live.
See the unique artefacts and exhibitions on display, by visiting our small, but attractive Museum galleries. Currently our exhibitions chronicle Bradford’s peace heritage in the Bradford Room – ‘Peace Not Prejudice’; pacifists and peace organisations in the ‘Remembering Forward’gallery space and Conscientious Objectors.
Other exhibits look at Campaigning; then and now. Uncommon Women, chronicles the women’s peace movement and panels from ‘Playing for Peace’ mark London 2012 in the Museum’s temporary exhibition space. By popular demand the mini- exhibition ‘What Story Will You Tell?’ the story of Sadako Sasaki (of paper cranes fame!) is also on display. A particular favourite with children visiting the Museum.
Key artefacts and artwork in the Museum have QR codes, This means visitors may use a smart phone or one of our hand held devices to access more information and may leave an immediate response to the collection item or exhibition on one of our blogs!
Please ask for a quiz sheet to have a go at completing as you view the exhibits (there are two) and if you have time please fill in our on line Museum response form (takes about three minutes), ask for a hand held device at the reception desk.
In Leeds? Why not visit our exhibition at the Royal Armouries?
This exhibition was created in conjunction with the Royal Armouries and is on permanent display in the War Gallery on the second floor. It focuses on the idea of conversion – from war to peace, from weapons and armour to useful tools or symbolic images.
The display explores the positive changes that have been – and are still being – made by individuals, groups and whole nations that choose to replace conflict with peace.
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) commemorations will take place on the 27th January across the UK.
Bradford Remembers, the annual gathering of people from across the local District to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and all genocides, will take place this year at Bingley Arts Centre on the 25th January. The theme for 2013 is Build a Bridge – Communities Together.
To co-incide with HMD 2013 and Bradford Remembers, week beginning the 21st January will see the launch of a new mini-exhibition in our temporary exhibition area at the Peace Museum, featuring posters and artefacts from our collections that highlight a variety of conflicts, where the horrors of genocide and hate crimes have been addressed by individuals and groups of people taking action to build bridges between diverse people, allowing communities to live together.
This small exhibition is the first to be curated by the Museum’s interns Naoe Shiraki and Chris Polechonski and will run until the end of February 2013. Click here to find out more.
‘What can a person do? You make friends of course and do what you can.” Daoud Hari, Darfuri Refugee
“Together we can change the world.” Charlotte, Bradford Peacemaker , aged 10.
For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day please see http://www.hmd.org.uk
The Museum has a new collection of pen and ink drawings donated by the artist William Dawson. They are currently on display in our temporary exhibition area and feature Black artists and activists.
Come and have a look and try our new ‘Why Me?’ quiz, available on our hand held devices (from the 1st October). Explore why these individuals are featured in the drawings and how they have made a contribution to peace, peacemaking, social reform and the arts.
It’s great to be part of Black History Month in Bradford. We are delighted to be working with BMDC, LunaMatik, BCB and other community groups.
Come and say ‘Hello’ at the Black History event at the Gumption Centre on 20th October 2012; have a look at some of our resources and a selection of our Playing for Peace exhibition boards featuring Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, Cathy Freeman and many more inspirational Black sports men and women. Find out more about sport and apartheid, Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ ’Black Power Salute’ and Black footballers from the recent and distant past.
To find out more about what is going on in Bradford during Black History Month see http://www.lunamatik.org/black-history-month
The Peace Museum re-opened Wednesday, 7th March with the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Naveeda Ikram, cutting a green ribbon to officially launch the newly refurbished museum. Over 60 guests attended the opening to help usher in a new era for the museum and the Bradford Peacemakers, pupils from four different schools in and around Bradford, helped interpret museum exhibits and artefacts for guests.
The Peace Museum is now open to the public once more. We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the revamped museum so we hope to see you soon!
Our new opening hours are currently as follows:
Thursdays and Fridays 10am -4pm.
You can also visit at other times by appointment and group visits are welcome during the week, at weekends and on evenings, again by prior appointment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to book a visit outside the normal Museum opening hours.
Any modern museum should keep one eye on the present as well as one on the past. The Peace Museum attempts to do this, by telling the stories of those that have tried to create a just and peaceful society and by posing the questions ‘What would you do?’ ‘What story would you tell?’ (more…)
Second Glance: Alternative Narratives on Peace and Conflict is a response to the spirit of London 2012 and highlights the fact that sport has a long tradition of promoting peace. The exhibition showcases recently acquired works by The Peace Museum as well as loans from a private collection and Goldmark Gallery and includes internationally renowned artists such as Yinka Shonibare, Nils Burwitz, Salima Hashmi, Arpana Caur and the late Roderic Barrett. (more…)
Playing for Peace, an exhibition celebrating the role of sport in bringing together international communities, was launched in Coventry Cathedral on 4 October 2011. David Moorcroft, former 5000m world record holder and 2012 Ambassador for Coventry, opened the exhibition along with Nick Chavasse from Coventry Cathedral. (more…)
The Peace Museum’s exhibition Visible Voices: The Art of Women’s Protest at the Pop Up art space in Bradford in January 2011 was a great success and drew more than 500 visitors in its three-week run . (more…)
This exhibition (new in 2010) highlights the conflict and peace work across the county of Yorkshire – from early peace activists, peace societies and social reformers to the present day. Using a thematic approach, it cites examples from many places throughout Yorkshire, touching on well known and also little known topics.