FREE WORKSHOP AND TALK CELEBRATES THE PEOPLE WHO OPPOSED WW1

FREE WORKSHOP AND TALK CELEBRATES THE PEOPLE WHO OPPOSED WW1
Artist to lead event featuring war resisters from around the globe

Disobedient soldiers, feisty feminists and a Maori princess will all be featured in a free workshop and talk, celebrating the people and movements opposed the First World War from 1.30pm on Saturday 13 June at Chesterfield Library.

The event, a visual celebration of the people and movements that opposed the First World war, will be led by artist Emily Johns and researcher Gabriel Carlyle, and is based around a series of ten posters created by Emily last year to mark the World War 1 centenary. Copies of the posters, and accompanying 100-page booklet, will be available to purchase at the event, which is being organised by PropeaceChesterfield as part of the Courage of Conscience project.

Emily Johns said: ‘The First World War centenary (2014-2018) is being accompanied by a tidal wave of events, exhibitions, TV series, books and commemorations. However, the histories and stories of the people and organisations from around the globe that opposed the slaughter are receiving little or no attention. Neither saints nor superhumans, these people nonetheless exhibited a form of heroism that can inspire and strengthen us all today: the moral courage to stand up for your principles – often at great personal risk – despite massive social pressures to do the opposite.’

 
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The Courage of Conscience project aims to discover and celebrate the stories of Derbyshire conscientious objectors, other resisters to the war, and their families. We hope to raise awareness about the brave men and women who went against the national tide of opinion and enormous government and public pressure, and remained true to their principles by opposing the war and refusing to take up arms.
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