Wednesday, July 30, 2014

First World War Centenary: August 4th 2014

Silent vigil 12 noon - 2.00 p.m.
Monday 4th August
on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields 
Trafalgar Square, London.
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The vigil is organised by a number of peace groups including: Conscience, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Pax Christi, Peace Pledge Union, Peace News, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Similar events will take place around the country including: 

Liverpool: 12 noon - 2.00pm a silent vigil in the Peace Garden, St James Lane, Liverpool
Grassington:  11.00 am - 12.00 noon, Grassington Square.
Skipton: 2.00pm - 3.00 pm, outside the Town Hall, Skipton. 
Glasgow: 10.30 - 11.30 am, Donald Dewar Statue. Buchanan St, Glasgow
Bath: 12.30 to 12.50pm at the Amphitheatre, University of Bath
Portswood, Southampton 7 – 8 pm , Immaculate Conception RC parish, 346 Portswood Road
Wisbech, East Anglia: 8.00 -9.00 pm a silent candlelit vigil at the Clarkson Memorial.
Wokingham 12.30 - 13.30 Town Centre in the Howard Palmer Gardens

Women's anti-war actions in First World War
11am - 12 noon women will gather opposite Holborn tube station (original site of Kingsway Hall) to commemorate a peace rally held there on 4 August 1914 and the delivery of a resolution to Downing Street requesting a meeting to discuss peaceful solutions to world conflicts.  
The women will be 'joined' by Kathleen Courtney, Chrystal Macmillan, Catherine Marshall and Emmeline Pethwick-Lawrence, key organisers of the 1914 rally.

No Glory in War Manchester in association with Artists for Peace present ‘1914 Peace Rally’.
Saturday 2nd August 2014, Manchester.

On Saturday 2nd August 2014, please join us to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the mass peace rallies which took place around the country in opposition to Britain joining the war. Hear what peace activists and war resisters from 1914 had to say about the prospect of the Great War and their pleas for peace through this pop-up street theatre event. Featuring Chilean actor Marcela Hervia, newly-elected MEP for the North West Julie Ward, and theatre director Hazel Roy.

Join us at…
2pm Manchester Central Library (outside)
2.45pm Albert Square
3.30pm St Anne’s Square
4.15pm Cathedral Green

No Glory - No More War event Monday 4 August 6.30 pm
Parliament Square London
100 years since Britain declared war
Join No Glory on WW1 centenary
Wear white poppies. Use Twitter hashtag #NoMoreWar

Monday 4 August is the centenary of the day that Britain declared war against Germany. The No Glory in War campaign will hold an event in Parliament Square to commemorate the 15 million killed in the "war to end
all wars", including nearly one million British soldiers, and to say they can best be commemorated by creating a world in which there is no more war.

Join us in Parliament Square and show your opposition to further wars.
Hear the truth about the First World War and the protests against it at the time. MPs, actors, historians, campaigners, war veterans and others will be speaking and reading from anti-war authors and activists in
1914-18. German historian Juliene Haubold Stolle and Neil Faulkner, author of pamphlet No Glory - the real history of WW1, will challenge current accounts of the war.

Speakers and performers include:
Sam West actor • Jim Radford • World War Two veteran • Jeremy Corbyn MP •
Lindsey German Stop the War Coalition • Kate Hudson CND • Juliene Haubold
Stolle German historian • Neil Faulkner author of pamphlet No Glory

From WCML email newsletter 01/08/2014 
 Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford, U.K. M5 4WX 
1. The Library's new exhibition, World War One: myths and realities, opens on Wednesday 6 August.  
It explores topics such as the soldiers who refused to fight, why some young Salfordians were so eager to enlist, and the strength of the anti-war movement. The exhibition is open during our drop-in times, Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm.

There will be a series of free Wednesday 2 pm talks accompanying the exhibition:

24 September  The art of WW1 - John Sculley

1 October  Winifred Letts, local poet - Cynthia Greenwood

8 October  British trade unions and the First World War - John Newsinger.


President: Peter Hennessy
8pm Saturday 9 August

Little Germany: Stratford and East London 1914

On Tuesday 15th December 1914 a small group of Germans were led to William Ritchie & Sons, an old jute factory on Carpenter’s Road, now to become Stratford Camp.   Interviewing decedents of the Germany Community in Newham and East London, Eastside Community Heritage launched an exhibition in July 2014 which is now open to the public.

West St, Leytonstone, E11 4LJ

Enquiries:   0208 555 5248    or

And yet more...

There's a small exhibition at the Socialist Party's premises in London of
the party's opposition to the war with various documents and leaflets from
the period. It's open all this week from Monday 4 August to Sunday 10 August
from 11 am to 5pm and also on the remaining weekends of August (16/127 and
The address is 52 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UN. Nearest tube is
Clapham North. Even nearer is Clapham High Street station on the Overground.
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1 comment:

  1. "Cyril Pearce provides a monumental overview of the literature on war resisters over the last 100 years, in Writing about Britain’s 1914-18 War Resisters (IHR Reviews no. 1779)."