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Courage, Conscience and Creativity Exhibition

May 28, 20161:03 pmSeptember 28, 2023 1:05 pm

CO-Curated by The Peace Museum!

28 May – 4 Dec 2016, Leeds City Museum

As part of Leeds City Museum’s First World War commemorations, Leeds City Museum have opened a new community display and is co-curated by The Peace Museum, Concord Interfaith Network and Leeds Quakers. The display focuses on the themes of peace, interfaith work and conscientious objectors.

There are two main strands to the display, first is a year and a half long community project led by Concord Interfaith Network called ‘Women Peacing Together’. It involved a group of women from different faiths meeting at different places of worship, community centres and the museum to work together on creating a textile banner themed around peace and interfaith connections. The finished textile banner will be showcased alongside other items and this display also marks Concord’s 40th anniversary since starting up back in 1976.

The second involves the Leeds Quakers and the Bradford Peace Museum curating stories and material that will look at conscientious objectors in the First World War and their legacy today. Some highlights will include the Friends Ambulance Unit and Richmond Castle cell graffiti.

Special Event

‘When is it right to fight?’
Thurs 14th July 10:30am – 12:00pm
Sun 17th July 2:00pm – 3:30pm
(Thoresby Room, Leeds City Museum)

Reflective session drawing on historic and current resources with Leeds Quakers.

In 1916 Britain was already at war when the introduction of conscription made fighting an unavoidable question.  In 2016 men and women are still conscripted and elected governments have to decide when to take up arms.

This session will lead you through the experience of varied past, present and international responses to the question. It will give you time and space to reflect on your own questions and answers and to listen to others. Suitable for anyone interested over the age of 12.

Facilitators from Leeds Quakers are Yael Arbel, with personal knowledge of conscription, and Jonathan Fox from the Peace Museum, Bradford.

Visit to find out more.

Written by Ezra Kingston