‘Peace One Day’ badge
This week’s blog looks at the organisation called Peace One Day and their goal to make the 21st of September an international peace day. In our collection we have items that come from many different Peace days but this blog will focus on Peace One Day.
Who are they?
‘Peace One Day’ are a non-profit organisation founded by actor and filmmaker Jeremy Gilley. A huge achievement for them was in 2001 as members of the United Nations agreed to adopt the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September.
For this day every year they lead a global campaign of community action, where they ask people to hold their own events and campaigns.
What does the Peace Day mean?
‘Peace Day is an opportunity for UN agencies to focus their on-going life-saving activities within a global context. The impact of a day of global ceasefire and non-violence cannot be underestimated. Throughout the years, millions of people have been active on Peace Day in every country of the world, and hundreds of organisations have carried out life-saving activities in areas of conflict.’
To advertise their peace day, Peace One Day has used different campaigns including the use of posters and corporate collation with companies such as Coke. Another way to promote this day is through the production of merchandise.
This brings us on to the object we have in our collection which is a badge containing the message ‘Peace One Day.’ Even a small badge like this is important to spread a message and without them our collection would be a lot sparser.
To see many other items like this badge that have been used for important events come and visit the museum. If you want to support International Peace Day this year you can organise your own event or join in one that is happening in your local area, just look up International Peace Day for more information.
Written by Charlotte Hall. Charlotte joined The Peace Museum in May 2014 as a collections intern. Charlotte has been leading a location audit of the collections and has helped install and research objects in the newly developed WWI gallery. Charlotte is studying a Masters in Museum and Art Gallery Studies at the University of Manchester.