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Last updated:23 February 2016

Exhibition: To end all wars

Event location: WCML

Runs: From 20th Nov 2015 to 14th Apr 2016

Event time: 13:00 to 17:00

An exhibition marking the centenary of the introduction of conscription in early 1916.

The north-west had a vigorous anti-war movement from 1914 onwards. This exhibition looks at some of those involved, both men and women, who fought for peace. Bill Chadwick from Westhoughton and Hugh Hutchinson from Bolton, whose stories were previously known only to their families, can now take their place amongst more famous names. Documents from the Hyde branch of the No-Conscription Fellowship, a unique collection held by the Library, are also on display. This is an alternative narrative of the war that deserves to be remembered as much as we commemorate those who fought and died.

CO postcardExhibition opening times: Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm.

The Library is extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the funding for this project, awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme. 

A specially-written 'Living History' performance, No Power on Earth, will accompany the exhibition thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Based on the true story of Salford man, James Hudson, this monologue tells the story of an ordinary school teacher at the start of the First World War who finds himself at odds with the popular mood. The story, scripted and directed by Sue Reddish, celebrates his courage to stay true to his beliefs despite considerable pressure, and asks the audience to consider what they would do in such a circumstance.

We are delighted to announce that Joel Parry (to be found on Twitter at @parry_joel) will be playing the part of James Hudson.

The 30-minute free performance can be seen at the Library on Wednesday 2 March at 1pm and Saturday 5 March at 12.30pm.  It will also be put on in Salford schools during February.

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