About Us

The Peace Museum explores the history and the often untold stories of peace, peacemakers, social reform and peace movements. It occupies three small galleries in one of Bradford’s many fine Victorian buildings. It is unique in that it is the only accredited museum of its kind in the UK.

The Peace Museum Bradford, gallery view.

Our Mission

The Peace Museum:

  • Tells the stories of peace, peacemakers, and the peace movement
  • Honours the history of ‘people of peace’ – every object tells a story of someone who has tried to make the world more peaceful
  • Is a resource for future peace-making
  • Has local, regional, national and international reach aiming to tell diverse stories of peacemakers

Our Values

The Peace Museum:

  • Is rooted in the collection of over 7,000 objects
  • Values teamwork, collection action and community engagement
  • Aims to be diverse, inclusive and accessible
  • Supports peace-making in all its forms by telling the stories of these peacemakers and is politically neutral

We aim to engage and inspire through:

  • items in the collection
  • exhibitions
  • creative learning and education activities for schools and for all sectors of the community
  • exploring local, national and international events
  • posing questions about equality, diversity, cohesion, peace and non-violence
  • telling untold stories of peacemakers and peace-making
  • telling the stories of peace-makers now who campaign on modern issues, showing peace-making as an active endeavour

Our Visitors will:

  • Discover themed exhibitions about peace and peacemakers derived from the largest accredited collection of peace artefacts and stories in the UK
  • Be challenged to think differently about violence and non-violent responses to it
  • Learn about experiences of conflict and peace, here and abroad
  • See that peace-making is an active endeavour and learn about people who are still working to make the world a more peaceful place
  • Encounter knowledgeable, available and enthusiastic staff and volunteers
  • Discover a hidden gem

Growth in 2017;

“Our busiest year yet”

2017 was a record breaking year for The Peace Museum with 2,115 people visiting our galleries and 8,308 people engaging with is through outreach programmes and events. That is nearly 10,500 people!

There was a significant increase in staffing hours, enabling the museum to focus renewed energy into new exhibitions, education outreach and events.

Moving forward, 2018 and beyond;

The future aim for the next phase of the museum’s development is to find new, fully accessible premises that will allow us to display more of our collection of artefacts, and provide the office, storage and working space we need to continue our status as an Accredited Museum. Importantly this will also help achieve the aim to be an accessible, inclusive and diverse museum.

The need for funding of the museum’s core work of exhibitions and outreach continues and a move to new premises will require considerable fundraising.

To see how you can help, visit our Support Us page.

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