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. Our current exhibits encompass local, national and international peace history.
Our Current Galleries
Conscientious Objection Gallery
Discover the stories of COs from WWI, WWII and modern examples of those who have chosen to not fight. Key objects include an original oil painting by Arthur William Gay, The Conchie, and the Prisoner of Conscience triptych sculpture.
Contemporary Collecting Gallery
The museum has a contemporary collecting project, Protesting Now, Collecting for the Future, which aims to collect objects relating to peaceful protest and movements that are happening today. This gallery showcases these objects in different exhibitions. The current one, Peace Out, explores LGBTQ+ activism the stories of LGBTQ+ peacemakers.
Greenham Common - Common Ground, Uncommon Women Exhibition
The museum has a large collection relating to the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire. Objects include some incredible textile banners created by artist Thalia Campbell, and original padlocks and fencing used by women during peaceful protests against the UK government's nuclear weapons policy. This exhibition also includes original CND placards from the first Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament march in 1958.
Temporary Exhibitions Area
The museum has a temporary exhibitions programme which sees 3-4 exhibitions open per year. Past exhibitions have included A Flawed Peace? that explored the peace process at the end of WWI and The Etiquette of the Arms Trade art exhibition by artist Jill Gibbon. The museum often works with artists and other organisations to host exhibitions in this area. Please get in touch with our team if you have an idea for a temporary exhibition on [email protected].
Sadako Sasaki Mini Exhibition
Discover the story of Sadako Sasaki and the paper cranes. A particular favourite of children visiting the museum.
Our ‘Bradford Room’ chronicles Bradford’s long affinity with peace, peacemaking and peacemakers, such as the famous Hockneys and social campaigners Margaret Macmillan and William Forster.
Take a look at our Past Projects page to find out about our previous exhibitions and projects.
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.
The Museum has several travelling exhibitions which can be loaned out and displayed. Take a look at our travelling exhibitions post or click the link to find out more information.