History

Established in 1994…

The initial idea of creating a peace museum arose in the mid-1980s from Gerald Drewett of the Give Peace a Chance Trust. In 1990 Shireen Shah, an MA student at Bradford University’s Peace Studies Department, wrote a dissertation proposing a ‘Museum for Peace’. Two years on, the International Network of Museums for Peace held its first conference at the University of Bradford in 1992, during which it was proposed that a Peace Museum be established in Bradford. A committee was established to seek finance and general support for the idea. Initially called ‘The National Peace Museum Project’, the Museum was established in 1994 through a five-year grant from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Foundation and operated out of a temporary site in Bradford in the Wool Exchange. In 1998 the Museum moved to its present site on the top floor of 10 Piece Hall Yard, in Bradford city centre. 

The Peace Museum UK is now a fully Accredited museum – Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), a member of the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) and a partner of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM).

It is independent, has no political affiliation, is a charity and a company limited by guarantee.

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