The fifth annual Peace History Conference organised by Movement for the Abolition of War will take place at the Imperial War Museum on 13-14 May 2011.
The event focuses on the pioneers and prophets of peace history and will be introduced by two vice-presidents of the Movement for the Abolition of War – Martin Bell on the Friday and Bruce Kent on the Saturday.
The programme includes talks about the pacifism of Pablo Picasso, and pacifism in Britain during the 1930s, including a focus on Muriel Lester - who founded Kingsley Hall in Bow where Gandhi chose to stay in 1931 during negotiations about the Indian constitution and who was a prominent early member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
Colin Archer of the International Peace Bureau will speak on The Olympics, War and Peace. Young actors will perform a new play about three women peacemakers, including Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. There will be a discussion between Second World War conscientious objectors – including Owen Hardwicke - and London school students.
The film Carry Greenham Home will be shown, accompanied by a display of women's banners from the Greenham Common peace camp, as 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the march to Greenham. There will also be an exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of the Peace News periodical.
Places are still available, say the organisers. Full details and a booking form at: www.abolishwar.org.uk
© Ellen Teague is a freelance Catholic journalist who works regularly for The Tablet, JUSTICE magazine, Independent Catholic News, Redemptorist Publications and the Messenger of St Anthony.