Commemorating the Peacemakers – Conscientious Objection

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Date(s) - 15th May - 28th May
12:00 am


COs at Dartmoor Prison, 1916 (from postcard; artist unknown)

COs at Dartmoor Prison, 1916 (from postcard; artist unknown)

Commemorating the Peacemakers is a group of Oxford activists from three organisations*, remembering the war resisters of the last century. We’re delighted to bring you the next instalment in the series of events, and this year the celebrations are spread out over the weeks around International Conscientious Objectors’ Day, the 15th May.


15th May: Conscientious Objectors’ Day vigil at the Peace Plaque, Bonn Square, 12pm.  Organised by Oxford CND.


15th-28th May: An exhibition celebrating the people and movements that opposed WWI, in posters and stories, called “The World is My Country” at New Road Baptist Church, between 11am-2pm Monday-Saturday.  Artist: Emily Johns


19th May: Performance of the play “We will not fight” at the Court Room in Oxford Town Hall, 7:30pm.
The play follows Bert Brocklesby through his tribunal for refusing to give up his pacifist stance. Followed by contributions from about the play and the historical setting.
Written by Canterbury Amnesty International, adapted by Jeremy Allen and produced by UnderConstruction Theatre.

FREE. Booking essential, as places are almost full. Book here on or before Wednesday 18th May.

26th May: Panel discussion on Conscientious Objection Then & Now.  Three speakers will present the picture of conscientious objection as it was in WWI and how it is now, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
New Road Baptist Church, 7:30pm.

The panellists are Hannah Brock, from War Resisters International working on the “right to refuse to kill” programme; Virginia Moffatt, feminist writer and Chief Operating Officer for Christian think tank Ekklesia; and Annette Bygott, local peace campaigner, painter and translator.

There is no charge for the events, but there will opportunities to donate to the three organisations.

*All three – Fellowship of Reconciliation, Movement for the Abolition of War, and Oxford Quakers – are national or international and have a base or group in Oxford, and are active in the local peace scene.

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