Recent Events and Updates!

We have had a very busy month here at the Museum, with visitors, group visits and outreach events. Here is a quick summary: Bradford Armed Forces Day The Peace Museum team participated in the Bradford Armed Forces Day event on Saturday 27th June. We held a stall next to the Armed Forces Community Covenant who have granted us funding for our upcoming ‘Choices Then and Now’ First World War project, which takes an alternative approach to the discussion surrounding conflict and peace. We engaged with 150 members of the public, discussing our unique approach to peace and peace-making. We made red, white (peace) and purple, (remembrance of animals) poppies with children. The event was a success for us, allowing us to have open discussions with those from the armed forces community. Menwith Hill – Independence from America Event On Saturday 4th July one of our Trustees, Jonathan Fox, attended the Independence from America Event at Menwith Hill Base near Harrogate. The event was organised by the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases. The event was a success and Jonathan engaged with various attendees. Visitors – Not just local; national and international! We have had a lively couple of weeks with visitors and visiting groups. We welcomed a researcher from Australia who came to the Museum along with her family to see our ‘Peace History is Herstory Too’ exhibition which looks at women’s peace campaigning groups such as the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). I think it is safe to say the family were our most ‘international’ visitors! The team also welcomed a group from Kendall Quaker Meeting who travelled across the Pennines to see the Museum. Whilst they were here they were lucky to meet Axel Landmann, one of the Kindertransport children who came to Britain in 1938. The Museum has Axel’s suitcase, the very one he travelled to Britain with as a child, in our collection. We have a blog on this item under our ‘Collection’ section of the website. Axel Pic New Staff We have welcomed two new members of staff recently. Jude Wright has been appointed project manager for our ‘Choices Then and Now’ exhibition. Jude is currently engaged with the planning and development, including seeking a space for the exhibition to be held in. If you wish to find out more about what the project and exhibition will entail, you can contact her via her email [email protected]. Sophie Campbell has joined us for the summer as a volunteer. She has recently completed a degree at University of Lancaster and will be commencing a Masters at the University of Leeds in September. Upcoming Events Look out for upcoming events, including Hiroshima Day on August 6th where we will be joining Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in a peace vigil and reception afterwards here at the Museum. We will also be participating in Heritage Open Day in September which will include special openings and family friendly events. Keep an eye out on the website for more details about these exciting events.

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