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The Library holds a wide diversity of materials relating to peace, whose origins cover a wide political spectrum, religious affiliation and geographical location, from the local to regional, national and indeed international.

Stop the War imageThere is an occupational strand with doctors (Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons), scientists (World Federation of Scientific Workers), engineering workers (Lucas Aerospace) and trade unionists (TUCND).

There is also material on prisoners of conscience, such as the No Conscription Fellowship and Mordechai Vanunu.  In terms of time range it goes back to the 19th century and before e.g. Boer War, First War of Indian Independence, World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War, Gulf Wars I and II etc.

The Library holdings are not simply about peace per se but also cover a wide range of activist campaigning that challenges the status quo, on topics such as civil disobedience, non-violent direct action, nuclear weapons and civil defence.  A list of some organisations represented in our collection is here.

The Library also holds archive material from the Greater Manchester and District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.  The archive contains minutes, reports, newsletters, financial papers and campaign and promotional material for national, district and local groups.


Related Objects of the Month

November 2017: James Bloomfield peace plate

One of the Peace Plates created by artist James Bloomfield in 2017 to mark the 226 global conflicts since the conclusion of the First World War – supposedly the “war to end all wars”.

March 2017: Remembering Betty Tebbs

We mark International Women’s Day this year by celebrating the life of Betty Tebbs, a great friend to the Library who died on 23 January 2017 at the age of 98