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A Flawed Peace?

November 28, 201811:18 amSeptember 28, 2023 11:20 am

PAST EXHIBITION: November 2018- June 2019.

The Peace Museum presents A Flawed Peace? An exhibition exploring post-war peace marking the First World War Centenary.

The exhibition focusses on both heritage of the war and heritage of the peace and features a 1919 copy of the Treaty of Versailles, the peace treaty signed after the war. The 1919 copy of the Treaty of Versailles belonged to Bradford politician Meredith Farrah Titterington and has remained in Bradford throughout its near one-hundred-year history.

The exhibition opens at The Peace Museum on Thursday 1st November with a special event from 5.30-8.00pm with a grand opening and reception. The event features a talk by Impressions Gallery’s young people’s collective New Focus on their research into the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom which forms part of the exhibition.  A series of events take place throughout the exhibition including a special opening of the museum to mark Remembrance Day on Sunday 11th November 12-2pm, an International Women’s Day event and a closing event including talk ‘Peace day July 1919 and the parade that never happened’ by Bradford WW1 historian Dr Kathryn Hughes. The exhibition will run until Friday 28th June 2019, which will mark 100 years since the Treaty of Versailles was signed.

A Flawed Peace? Will examine the question of whether the post-war peace after the First World War was flawed and will explore the kind of peace that was agreed. It will look at perspectives from different nations, peace groups, and individuals.

The Peace Museum is proud to be working on this project with New Focus who are a group of young people from Impressions Gallery as a continuation of their successful Young Roots funded No Man’s Land project. Research by New Focus into The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, who opposed the Treaty of Versailles, will inform part of the exhibition.

As part of this project, The Peace Museum is excited to be able to offer free school workshops offered to local primary and secondary schools which will engage over 450 pupils with the exhibition. More details about the education sessions and how to book them are available on our website.

 A Flawed Peace? is supported by a National Lottery grant awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War then and now programme and made possible by National Lottery players. During the week beginning Monday 3rd December, any visitors who bring their lottery tickets to the exhibition will receive a Peace Museum badge as part of Heritage Lottery Fund’s #ThanksToYou campaign.

Shannen Lang, Learning and Engagement Officer at The Peace Museum said:

 “The heritage of the post-war peace is so important and must be remembered; the war may have ended on November 11th, but the peace process took much longer, and the world took even longer to recover. We are excited to use our First World War collection and welcome the local community to get involved with the exhibition”.

The Peace Museum Galleries at 10 Piece Hall Yard are open to visitors for this exhibition Wednesday- Fridays 10am – 4pm as well as for the special events mentioned above.

Events are free but booking is essential, follow the links above or visit our Eventbrite.

Entrance to the museum is free, donations are welcome.

Please note access to the museum is up 60 steps and we regret we do not have a lift. We have an accessible street-level POP gallery on 60 Kirkgate with temporary exhibitions.

Written by Ezra Kingston