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Olof Palme Memorial Peace Lecture 2023

October 6, 20239:58 am

This year’s Leeds annual Olof Palme Memorial Peace Lecture will be given by the Chair of Trustees at The Peace Museum, Clive Barrett.

The Leeds annual Olof Palme Memorial Peace Lecture was first established in 1987 by then MEP for Leeds, and former Leeds councillor, Michael McGowan, in memory of Olof Palme, a politician, statesman, peace campaigner and outspoken opponent of apartheid in South Africa.

Olof Palme attended as a student activist a conference in Leeds University in the 1950s. These lectures have been held to remember his work for promoting peace and security in the world. Olof Palme became Prime Minister of Sweden in 1969. He was assassinated in Stockholm in 1986. Common security was among his major concerns and is a central theme in these lectures.

Clive’s lecture will explore how insights from peace movement history can inform and inspire those who would resist war and work for peace today, using images from The Peace Museum’s collection.

The event will be at 7:30pm on Wednesday the 25th of October at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds. Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance on Eventbrite:

Written by Ezra Kingston