The Peace Museum, located in Bradford, is something quite special. With over 7,000 items in its collections, it’s a member of the International Network of Museums for Peace and the only accredited museum of its kind in the UK.

From its website:

Our vision is to be seen as a national resource that educates and inspires people for peace, using a unique collection of artefacts and stories.

We asked the Peace Museum’s Marketing and Press Assistant, Sarah Bartey, to tell us what goes on at the Museum and what it’s like to work there.

Sarah Bartey, Marketing and Press Assistant at the Peace Museum

Sarah Bartey, Marketing and Press Assistant at the Peace Museum

Continue reading Look inside the Peace Museum: a unique national resource

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New times call for new stock

Since the 1950s, Commonweal has collected books and other resources that help us to eliminate violence from our world, in order to loan them out to people who want to make that happen.

Of course, to keep our collection relevant, we need to keep adding new titles. All our stock is donated, so we rely on the hard work of the volunteers who request new items and the generosity of those who donate them.

We’ve just overhauled our approach to acquiring new stock so that we can do this more effectively. This means there are now more ways for volunteers to become involved – more on that below! Continue reading Reading for peace in the 21st century: refreshing the Commonweal Collection

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Suggest an item for Commonweal

Please contact us to recommend books and other resources for the Commonweal Collection. Your recommendations will be an important contribution to keeping the Collection relevant and up to date!

You can check the catalogue first to see if we already have the item, selecting ‘Commonweal Collection’ from the dropdown menu.

So that we can contact publishers, authors or reviewers to ask for donations, please paste this text into your message and fill in the details:

  • Author(s) / Editor(s)
  • Title
  • Publisher
  • Year + ISBN
  • Source
  • Any notes
  • I want you to keep my email address on file and let me know if this title is added to the Collection. YES/NO [delete as applicable]
  • If the item is added to the Collection, I am happy for you to use my name when you announce the addition on social media. YES/NO [delete as applicable]

 Here’s an example suggestion: Continue reading Which new works belong in a 21st-century nonviolence library?

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If you’re interested in contemporary peaceful protest and you’re in reach of Bradford or Liverpool, you’ve been well catered for recently.

In July, Bradford’s Peace Museum opened its new exhibition Protest! In Our Time.

This exhibition tells the stories of those who are campaigning for peace NOW. Protests, demonstrations, vigils, conscientious objection, activism. Come and hear their stories. Find out how peaceful campaigning remains more relevant than ever.

Protest! In Our Time, The Peace Museum, Bradford

Protest! In Our Time, The Peace Museum, Bradford

This is a permanent exhibition. Contact the Peace Museum for more information about visiting.

Also in July, Liverpool’s Constellations venue opened Liverpool: A City of Protest.

Continue reading Protest! – new exhibitions in Bradford and Liverpool

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In the news, we are hearing increasingly worrying statements from the leaders of the USA and North Korea about their nuclear intentions.

And today – August 9th – is the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki in 1945, killing tens of thousands of people:

I had never experienced such an intense bluish light, maybe three or four times brighter than the sun shining above us.

All in all, today seems like a good day to show you this pamphlet from the Commonweal Archives…

Continue reading Trump, Nagasaki & the nuclear threat in 2017: building ‘the will to peace’

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We are delighted to introduce the shiny new Commonweal website! We’ll be using this site, and Facebook and Twitter, to let you know what we’re up to as we undertake a new project in the coming months.

Funding for both the site and the project has been granted by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Thank you, JRCT!

So what are these plans of yours…?

On social media, we’ll be sharing a broader range of content for people working for nonviolence – campaigns, events, personal testimonies, tips for resilience, and anything else we find that keeps activists informed and inspired.

But we want to do more.

Continue reading The best nonviolence resources? Your suggestions, please!

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