Movements and Moments

Books that help explore the Peace Museum display “Movements and moments” can be found across the Collection, but in particular you might like to read:

Greenham Common: Women at the Wire. Edited by Barbara Harford and Sarah Hopkins (1984)

Here are the voices of the Greenham women themselves, describing in diaries, journals, letters what it is like to live up against the fence of an airbase crammed with the weapons of total destruction; to face eviction, court cases, prison, and yet find the courage time and time again to sit down in front of trucks and tanks. Library classification: Bo HAR – check it’s available here.

Mandela: Time to be Free. By Sue Adler and illustrated by Petra Röhr-Rouendaal (1993)

A book for young people about apartheid, the life of Nelson Mandela and the struggle for freedom. Library classification: Ir MAN – check it’s available here.

I Should Have Been a Hornby Train. By Pat Arrowsmith (1995)

Pat Arrowsmith, veteran peace campaigner, takes us through her childhood and adolescence, through boarding-school crushes to rebellion and expulsion against the background of WWII. Library classification: Hb ARR – check it’s available here.


The Commonweal Collection is an independent specialist library based at the University of Bradford concerned with issues relating to nonviolent social change. It contains over 11,000 books and pamphlets, 150 journals and a variety of videos and educational materials on peace and disarmament, environmentalism and the green movement, nonviolent philosophy and practice, human rights, development and regional issues, anti-racism, identity issues, social and economic alternatives, creative education, spiritual experience and analysis of world problems. Read more about the history of the Commonweal Collection here.

The Civil Resistance Info website also provides a guide to the range of literature and resources available, and enables users to look in more depth at particular movements, key figures and organisations in the practice of nonviolent action, as well as the theory of civil resistance and important debates about nonviolence.