Meetings, Talks, Actions –
Upcoming Events in the resistance to official WW1 history


31 July — 4 August 2014

Peakhill Farm, Theberton, Suffolk, IP16 4TG


Book your tickets here:
(Please help spread the word!)

Workshops include: ‘The World is My Country’: Stories of the Resistance
to the First World War & The First World War Seen From the Global South.


• Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom 99th Anniversary: Scottish Conference

Saturday 26 April 2014
2 pm – 5 pm,

Studio, Augustine Centre, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.

Dangerous Women: The women who campaigned against the First World War and for economic and gender justice.

Speakers: Lesley Orr, ‘An overview of women’s anti-war activism, Helen Crawfurd and the Women’s Peace Crusade’;
Helen Kay: ‘Chrystal Macmillan, the Hague Conference and the Women’s International League’;
Catriona Burness: ‘Looking for Mary Barbour: the anti-war protests and the rent strikes’.

More information: Contact Anne Scott:


• International Webinar: ‘History of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and 100 years’ of women’s peace activism’

28 April 2014

More information

More information: Contact Anne Scott or WILPF UK Office,;; 0207 250 1968.

If you have any questions about this information or about the events, please contact:
Helen Kay
7 Kings Cramond
Edinburgh EH4 6RL
Tel: 0131 336 5506
Mob: 07985 914143


• Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom UK Seminar

‘Those Dangerous Peacettes: Then and Now’

Saturday 29 March 2014

at Amnesty Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Professor June Hannam, recent guest on BBC Women’s Hour: ‘Isabella Ford and peace campaigning in the First World War’;
Dr Marie Sandell: ‘International Travel and WILPF’s Expansion in the Interwar Period’;
Katrina Gass, Ann Scott, Helen Kay: ‘What do we need to know about the Centenary at The Hague in 2015’?

More information:

WILPF UK Office,
Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT


• Talk: We Will Not Fight, The story of Conscientious Objection in Hornsey during the 1914-1918 War

A talk by Jennifer Bell

Hear about the experiences of Hornsey’s Conscientious Objectors, the way the law operated, the reasons why men felt it wrong to fight the war – and the consequences of their actions.

Saturday March 8th,  3pm – 4pm

Location: Stroud Green & Harringay Library,
Quernmore Road
N4 4QR

Phone: 020 8489 8776

Jennifer Bell is part of the Archive Team at Hornsey Historical Society. An active member of the UK peace movement since 1960, Jennifer is working with others to research Conscientious Objectors and anti-war activities.


• Alternative Ways of Marking WWI Centenary – Manchester Meeting

A Manchester meeting for people in the region to meet up to discuss alternative ways to mark, remember, challenge, and debate the history of the First World War and the ways it will be remembered over the coming year.

We thought that there might be enough of us in the Manchester/ North West /or wider region who, concerned that narrative and commemoration of WWI will be overly patriotic and nationalistic in nature, would like to make contact with one another, share info, etc. The meeting is not aligned to any particular organisation, project, university etc- just the space to meet up and see what we are thinking, planning, doing over the next year (or more).

The proposed informal meeting is
Tuesday 25th February 2014
at 6pm

at the Bull’s Head,
London Road,
M1 2PN
(opposite Piccadilly train station).

We don’t have a mailing list, so please do forward this to friends or strangers who you think might be interested in coming along. If you have any questions, please just drop me a line.

Many thanks!

Fiona and Alison

Fiona Cosson
Research Associate & Associate Lecturer
Manchester Centre for Regional History
Department of History, Politics & Philosophy
Room 103 | Geoffrey Manton Building
Manchester Metropolitan University
Rosamond St West | Manchester | M15 6LL


Telephone 0161 247 6793



• London Remembering the Real World War 1 group

Next meeting:
Thursday 20th February
7.30 pm

at 88 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1DH

All welcome.


• The First World War: Debate at The British Library

Mon 17 February 2014,

18.30 – 20.00

Where: Conference Centre,

The British Library
96 Euston Road

Price: £5, (£4 Over 60s) and £3

The upcoming centenary of the First World War has already sparked great debate and public comment about how we should remember and commemorate the conflict. Whereas the popular television show Blackadder and the poetry of Wilfred Owen conjure notions of a horrific and futile tragedy, it has also been argued that the First World War was a necessary and worthwhile struggle for freedom. Following interventions by politicians and journalists, the Library and History Today are pleased to provide a forum for an important discussion of the myths, meaning and origins of the First World War by leading historians.

Tweet your questions for the panel to #WW1Debate

Coincides with the launch of Europeana 1914-1918<;, a major new EU-funded digital resource, which makes hundreds of thousands of newly digitised materials relating to stories and events of the war available online for free; also includes a new World War One<; site created by the British Library.


• The Industrial Workers of the World in Britain (1913-1920)

[Not specifically to do with WW1, but alot of crossover, with IWW being one of the groups that opposed the war.]
War resisters, the two Georges, a quacking duck, a bounty of booksellers, a police spy and much more!

Talk on the early history of the IWW in Britain by Nick Heath. A fascinating account of the vibrant rebel worker culture that emerged in Britain in the years before and during World War One

Saturday February 15th
from 4pm

at the MayDay Rooms,
88 Fleet Street,
(nearest tube Blackfriars)

Food and refreshments. Unfortunately no disabled access.
Convened by London General Members Branch of the IWW


• Discussion on ‘1914-2014: A Century of War’

There will be a discussion on ‘1914-2014: A century of War’, this Saturday, at the new Occupy squatted freeschool. A member of the London Remembering the Real WW1 group will be taking part (in a personal capacity), but anyone is welcome to turn up and pitch in.

Saturday February 15th
time: 12.00 – 1.00

venue: Bank of Ideas,
238 Grays Inn Rd

Nearest tube: Kings Cross/Chancery Lane

There loads of other events going on at the building, check out:
for more info


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