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Conscientious Objection Day 2024

May 15, 20245:36 pmMay 15, 2024 6:24 pm

This year to mark International Conscientious Objectors’ Day, we want to share with you the brave story of Mary Cockroft. We recently had a visit from Mary Cockroft’s daughter, Dianne Goacher, who shared her mother’s story of being a CO during World War Two.  During this time, single women between the ages of 20 and […]

Oct 2023 – Remembering Pat Arrowsmith

October 27, 20239:28 amDecember 15, 2023 10:23 amLeave a Comment

On the 29th of September 2023, it was announced that renowned peace activist and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) co-founder Pat Arrowsmith had died at the age of 93. This blog post explores just some of her extraordinary life, and where she left a mark on our collection at the museum. Pat Arrowsmith was born […]

Oppenheimer and the Anti-Nuclear Movement

July 28, 20231:54 pmSeptember 21, 2023 2:30 pmLeave a Comment

The release of the movie Oppenheimer this month has sparked a lot of public conversation about nuclear weaponry, how it was first developed, and the moral dilemmas faced by those who worked on the project. This blog post will look at how the story explored in the film links to our collection at The Peace […]

May 2023 – ‘The Peace Society’ Donation Box

May 25, 20232:10 pmSeptember 21, 2023 2:30 pmLeave a Comment

Our curator has been working through the last few objects to be accessioned into the collection before we move premises. Amongst them was this beautiful donation box for the Peace Society. This month’s blog post will explore the history behind this object, and behind the group that came to be known as the Peace Society. […]

Earth Day 2023 – ‘For Peace and Planet’

April 28, 20232:14 pmSeptember 21, 2023 2:31 pmLeave a Comment

For Earth Day this year, The Peace Museum took part in Art Fund’s The Wild Escape Project, which saw primary school age children from across the country create artworks inspired by animals from within museum collections, and imagine a natural habitat for them. The project also draws attention to the issues of climate change and […]

LGBTQ+ History Month 2023 – No Pride in War

February 24, 20232:21 pmSeptember 21, 2023 2:29 pmLeave a Comment

We want to make sure LGBTQ+ histories are represented in our collection all year round, which is why we’ve incorporated the objects we used in our Peace OUT exhibition in 2019 into our permanent collections. This LGBTQ+ History month, we wanted to shine a spotlight on one of these objects and the story of the […]

Behind the Scenes: Packing our Collection

January 27, 20232:37 pmFebruary 8, 2024 4:38 pmLeave a Comment

One of our big goals for 2022 was to fully pack up our collection, ready to move to new premises when the time came. Thanks to the hard work of staff and our amazing volunteers, in December we completed the huge undertaking of packing our 9000+ objects. As a museum, we work to preserve the […]

1 Year of our Digital Collections: Staff picks

December 30, 20222:45 pmSeptember 22, 2023 12:39 pmLeave a Comment

In December 2021, we launched our collections website, and made the first 100 objects from our collection available to view online for the first time in the museum’s history. To celebrate, our staff have chosen objects you might not have seen yet from our digital collection and written a short explanation of why they picked […]

Community Project: International Women’s Day 2022 Banner

November 25, 20222:50 pmSeptember 22, 2023 12:40 pmLeave a Comment

2021 was the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp. To celebrate, we started the Breaking Boundaries Project, with the aim of creating a brand-new community banner with our local communities for International Women’s Day 2022. We have a number of community-made banners in our collection, and we were inspired […]

Remembering Bruce Kent

October 28, 20223:55 pmSeptember 22, 2023 12:41 pmLeave a Comment

Throughout history, peace movements have relied upon the support of large groups of people to put pressure on legislators, make protests impactful, and share their message with others. While it’s important to recognise the many voices behind the anti-nuclear movement in the UK, there are also individuals who have had a major impact, and one […]