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.
To be seen as a national resource that educates and inspires people for peace, using a unique collection of artefacts and stories.
What we do
The Museum highlights through its collection and its education work, the stories of countless people who have tried to bring an end to extremism, conflict, violence, war and inequality; to create social justice, peace and cohesion. It has strong roots in the local community, while exploring hidden histories and untold stories of national and global importance. Its activities are based on providing experiences that encourage dialogue and interaction between different people, based on the premise that:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view . . . until you climb into their skin and walk around in it.” Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
We aim to engage and inspire through:
- items in the collection
- creative learning and education activities for all sectors of the community
- exploring local, national and international events
- using 21st century emerging technology
- posing questions about equality, diversity, cohesion, peace and non-violence
- telling untold stories of peacemakers and peacemaking.
Our Visitors will:
- Discover themed exhibitions about peace and peacemakers derived from the largest 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.
- Encounter knowledgeable, available and enthusiastic staff and volunteers.
- Discover a hidden gem.
We work with intending and serving teachers to help enrich curriculum provision. The Museum offers a range of resources for teaching and learning (closely linked to the National Curriculum and SMSC) for primary, secondary and post 16, utilising items in the collection.
The Museum asks visitors to consider peace as something that requires action, while recognising that peace is a challenge! We see ourselves as a Museum for life in every sense, posing big questions and encouraging young and old alike to consider their own stories, the stories of others and to be part of a continuing one. So: