Peace Conference Sketches
This year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Studies department at the University of Bradford. Last week, the University hosted its annual international peace conference and discussed the future directions and challenges for Peace Studies. This was alongside a Peace Jam event aimed at motivating young people to become active citizens and advocates for peace, justice and human rights.
The Peace Museum had a marketing stall at the conference and welcomed museum visitors from the conference as far afield as America, Australia, Japan and the Netherlands. T
he Peace Museum has its origins within University of Bradford’s Peace Studies department. An International Network of Museums for Peace conference was held at the university in 1992, where it was proposed that a Peace Museum should be established in Bradford. It was the first museum of its kind in Britain.
The object of the fortnight are two sketches of Nigel Young and Gerald Drewett by Margaret Glover.
Nigel Young was a founding member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in 1958 and throughout the 1960s and early 1970s he became involved in anti-war activism. He has earned several degrees at universities in Britain and America and held numerous academic positions in sociology and politics. In 1973 he co-founded Britain’s first university Peace Studies department at the University of Bradford.
Gerald Drewett helped create the Peace Museum. He established the Give Peace a Chance Trust in 1986 as a charity to promote education for peace history and activism. The Trust was part of the pivotal conference which at Bradford University in 1992 where the Peace Museum was proposed. Enough support and funds meant the Museum could be opened in 1994. It celebrates twenty years this year!
Margaret Glover is a contemporary artist and peace activist. She attended the 1992 conference in which the first formal discussion took place on the subject of a UK-based Peace Museum. Her drawings, such as these, provides us with much inspiration, with Nigel Young and Gerald Drewett using their passions for peace to help educate others on peace history and research.
An exhibition showcasing some of her artwork is on display at the Peace Museum until the end of May.
Written by James McDonald. James is a student at the University of Bradford studying politics. He is especially interested in peace activism and history, having been delighted to volunteer for the Peace Museum and a previous volunteer for the Peace Pledge Union in London.