What is a Nuclear-Free Zone?
Item type: Poster Description: Poster explaining what a Nuclear Free Zone is in different languages, published by Manchester City Council. On 5th November 1980 Manchester City Council became the first local authority in Britain to declare itself a ‘Nuclear Free Zone’. The Council was against the siting, production and transport of nuclear material in the area for which it was responsible. This was of real concern to the people of Manchester as several nuclear sites such as Sellafield in Cumbria and the Capenhurst uranium enrichment plant in Cheshire, were nearby. Manchester asked the government to “refrain from manufacture or positioning of any nuclear weapons in the boundaries of our city” and began to promote peaceful alternatives to nuclear weapons. Leaflets and posters such as this one were produced in five languages. The anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was marked by the laying of wreaths and friendships were formed with many world cities, including Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and Cordoba. Manchester’s example was followed by many other local authorities and as of 1995 there were over 150 Nuclear Free Zones across England, Wales and Scotland.