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The Peace Museum UK occupies three small galleries in one of Bradford’s many fine Victorian buildings. A member of the International Network of Museums for Peace, it is unique in that it is the only accredited museum of its kind in the UK.

The Museum highlights through its collection and education and outreach work, the stories of the countless people who have tried to bring an end to extremism, conflict, violence and inequality and to create social justice, understanding, peace and cohesion. It is a local Museum, which explores hidden histories and untold stories of national and global importance.

We work with intending and in serving teachers to help enrich curriculum provision, using exciting 21st century strategies. We offer a range of resources aimed at primary, secondary and post 16, at competitive prices. These are all explicitly linked to the requirements of the National Curriculum, Citizenship and SMSC. Please visit our websites for more details.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 10:00 to 16:00.

The Museum is also open for school, college, university or community group visits at other times by prior appointment. Please contact the Museum to discuss your requirements.

Admission charges

There is free public entry to the Museum, but donations are always most welcome.
The Museum makes a modest charge for group bookings and education and outreach activities. Please contact the Museum for details.

Getting there

The Museum is twenty minutes from Junction 25 of the M62 and has good rail and bus connections. Situated in Bradford city centre, the Museum is a five minute walk from Bradford Interchange and even less from Forster Square Railway Station. Parking is available in the NCP or Kirkgate car parks, both situated only minutes away from the Museum. We are located opposite Waterstones bookshop.

Additional info

Wi-Fi
Refreshments (on request)
Study area
Meeting facilities
Please note that unfortunately we are located on the second floor and only accessible by stairs.

The Peace Museum has a collection of some 7000 items. They chart the history of Peacemakers and Peace-making, locally, nationally and globally. Objects vary from literature, art work, posters, banners, photographs, letters, costume to badges etc.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Current objects on permanent display include: photographs and artwork by Kenneth Hockney (David Hockney's father); a Olympic Relay Torch and tracksuit carried and worn by local peace-maker and torch-bearer Brenda Thomson; personal belongings of Nobel Peace Prize winner Joseph Rotblat; Greenham Common exhibit; a First World War Room among others.
  • Temporary Exhibition: Peace History is Herstory Too: An Exhibition Celebrating Women's Peace History. On display until November.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
tanks and violins drawing by Jill Gibbon

The Etiquette of the Arms Trade: Ten Years Drawing in Arms Fairs

  • 13 April — 28 June 2018 *on now

The UK government has approved weapon sales to two thirds of the countries on its own list of human rights abusers. Sales of bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia have soared since the start of the Yemen War, where hundreds of children and thousands of civilians have been killed in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition. How are such sales legitimised?

For the past ten years Jill Gibbon has visited arms fairs in Europe and the Middle East, by masquerading as an arms trader with a suit, paste pearls, and a sham business. Once inside, she draws and collects complementary gifts. Here, weapons glimmer under spotlights, waiting staff hover with champagne, beer, and pretzels, and a string quartet plays Mozart on the back of a military truck. The exhibition explores the etiquette of the arms trade through drawings, gifts, and elements of her masquerade.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://peacemuseum.org.uk/the-etiquette-of-the-arms-trade-ten-years-drawing-in-arms-fairs/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The Conchie by A.W.Gay

Choices Then and Now School and College WWI Project

  • 28 April 2014 — 22 December 2018 *on now

Choices Then and Now is an integrated World War I project for primary, secondary and post 16. It comprises workshops for children and young people looking at the past in the context of World War I and recent and current conflicts; considering the choices available to and made by people in response to key events and ‘days that changed the world’. Choices Then and Now explores challenging issues, peace, conflict, extremism and resilience.
The Museum offers as part of this:
workshops in the Museum
assemblies
workshops in school

Part of this project involves the offer of CPD for teachers and sessions for students in initial teacher training. Visit our websites to find out more www.choicesthenandnow.co.uk and http://www.peacemuseum.org.uk/2013/09/26/more-choices-then-and-now-information/

This project is supported by BMDC, Bradford College and the Schools Linking Network.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

See website for charges.

Website

http://www.peacemuseum.org.uk

Conscientious Objector Song Book

“OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR-RESISTANCE!” – Music in Opposition to War, 1914-1918

  • 15 May 2018 6:30-8pm

Each generation of peace campaigners provides the resources to strengthen the next generation. Join us at The Peace Museum and discover how peace campaigners in the Nineteenth Century produced the songs which encouraged those who opposed the First World War. Their words even inspired Martin Luther King 50 years later. Those generations of war-resisters can inspire us today.
This talk will be looking at the poems, hymns and songs that inspired conscientious objectors, drawing from three sources: personal diaries, graffiti from the prison cells of Richmond Castle, and especially from an item in the collection of The Peace Museum, “The Conscientious Objector’s Song Book”, 1916. It will be an illustrated talk, including sound recordings, and even the opportunity to join in!
This is a FREE event, but donations are welcome. Booking is required. Please email info@peacemuseum.org.uk to secure your place.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://peacemuseum.org.uk/oh-what-a-lovely-war-resistance-music-in-opposition-to-war-1914-1918/

Jill Gibbon sketching

Meet the Artist: Jill Gibbon

  • 2 June 2018 2-3pm

Jill Gibbon is the artist of the current temporary exhibition at The Peace Museum 'The Etiquette of the Arms Trade: Ten Years Drawing in Arms Fairs.'

For the past ten years Jill has visited arms fairs in Europe and the Middle East, by masquerading as an arms trader with a suit, paste pearls and a sham business. Once inside, she draws and collects complementary gifts.

This is a unique opportunity to meet and chat to Jill about the exhibition, her work and the arms trade.

Free, drop in event.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Jill Gibbon sketching

Reportage Drawing as Activism

  • 2 June 2018 3-4pm

Join us at The Peace Museum for a free, creative workshop with artist and activist Jill Gibbon. For the past ten years Jill has visited arms fairs in Europe and the Middle East, by masquerading as an arms trader with a suit, paste pearls, and a sham business. Once inside, she draws and collects complementary gifts. Her work is currently featured in a temporary exhibition at The Peace Museum 'The Etiquette of the Arms Trade: Ten Years Drawing in Arms Fairs'.

This will be a free, practical workshop. Booking essential, email: info@peacemuseum.org.uk to secure your place.

Please bring your own equipment, such as, sketchbooks, pencils and rubbers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://peacemuseum.org.uk/reportage-drawing-as-activism/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
The Conchie painting by Arthur W. Gay

Choices: Then and Now

http://choicesthenandnow.co.uk/

Choices Then and Now is an integrated project approach to teaching about World War I and recent and current conflicts; considering the choices available to and made by people in response to key events and ‘days that changed the world’. Choices Then and Now explores challenging issues, peace, conflict, extremism and resilience.

It comprises of a full colour booklet that provides a scheme of work, differentiated medium term plans and untold stories for primary, secondary and post sixteen students. There is an accompanying CD ROM resource bank, with a range of materials for teaching and learning, plus a limited number of stories for key stage one.

The resource is based around hidden histories and fifteen untold stories. It utilises items from the Peace Museum UK's collection (which are available on the CD ROM for use in the classroom).

Choices Then and Now considers the role of propaganda and the reliability of information then and now; including emerging technologies (e.g. social media and the Internet) and how they may influence opinions and our views of the world.

Creator

  • Written and produced for Bradford Metropolitan District Council and the Peace Museum UK by Diane Hadwen and Ben Chalcraft

Publisher

  • Peace Museum UK

How to obtain

Choices Then and Now is available at £19.99 plus £1.60 postage from the Peace Museum UK
info@peacemuseum.org.uk.
Website now live www.choicesthenandnow.co.uk

Front cover of trail

Routes to Peace Heritage Aurasma Trail and Handbook

http://www.peacemuseum.org.uk/2013/05/20/routes-to-peace-heritage-trail-pocket-guide/

Bradford is an amazing place. Although life here (as in other places) has always had its challenges, local people have worked hard together to try and overcome them and to find routes to peace. Their actions still affect our lives today and because of this their stories are ‘All Our Stories’.

Follow the Routes to Peace Heritage Trail to find out more. The trail is roughly 2.5 miles long and takes 90 minutes to walk at a steady pace. This trail is enhanced by augmented reality mobile apps, powered by Aurasma. They may be downloaded to any mobile device with a camera.

Either walk the trail with the handbook and use the Aurasma app to take pictures of a key image in each location (the cheat sheet in the handbook tells you what to look for), or in your arm chair follow the trail by taking an Aurasma image of each of the locations (one per page). Either will bring a short video to your device, narrated and researched by children age 8 to 15, telling you more about each location. Available FREE from the Museum, or by post, cost £2.50 for pp. See more here http://www.peacemuseum.org.uk/2013/05/20/routes-to-peace-heritage-trail-pocket-guide/

Creator

  • Ben Chalcraft and Diane Hadwen, Innovation and Cohesion Works, for the Peace Museum UK

Publisher

  • The Peace Museum UK

How to obtain

Hard copies of the trail are available to pick up from the Peace Museum and other venues around BD1 or by post, cost £2.50 for pp.

Getting there

The Museum is twenty minutes from Junction 25 of the M62 and has good rail and bus connections. Situated in Bradford city centre, the Museum is a five minute walk from Bradford Interchange and even less from Forster Square Railway Station. Parking is available in the NCP or Kirkgate car parks, both situated only minutes away from the Museum. We are located opposite Waterstones bookshop.

The Peace Museum
10 Piece Hall Yard
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD1 1PJ
England

Website

The Peace Museum UK website provides information about the Museum, news, projects, the collection, education resources, outreach and education activities. It is updated weekly.

www.peacemuseum.org.uk

An alternative World War I project and teaching resources for schools - primary, secondary and post 16.

www.choicesthenandnow.co.uk

E-mail

info@peacemuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01274 780241

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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