Exhibition marks century of conscientious objection

By staff writers
August 11, 2016

The Echo Chamber, a sound and photography exibition marking 100 years of conscientious objection, is to be held at Friends House in London.

The exhibition will be open daily between 11am and 4pm from 18 August to 2 September 2016 with the exception of bank holiday Monday (29 August) and is inspired by the stories of some of the 16000 people who registered as conscientious objectors during World War 1. 

Quakers have a long history of opposing war. When conscription was introduced in Britain during World War 1, many objected on grounds of conscience to joining the armed forces . For some this meant rejecting any form of participation and they were imprisoned and sentenced to death, though the sentences were later commuted. Others took up alternative forms of service, providing relief from suffering at the front.

* Quakers are known formally as the Religious Society of Friends. Around 23,000 people attend 480 Quaker meetings in Britain. Their commitment to equality, justice, peace, simplicity and truth challenges them to seek positive social and legislative change.

*Quakers in Britain http://www.quaker.org.uk/

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