Events

Courage of Conscience Derbyshire Exhibition tour 2016-18

If there are any queries please contact

Sue Owen on 01144381074 or 07768927669 or email sue.owen37@gmail.com

Month Venue Contact number
 

July 2016

 

Chesterfield Library

 
 

August 2016

 

Shirebrook Library

 
 

September 2016

 

Glossop Library

 
 

November 2016

 

Buxton Library

 
 

December 2016

 

Friends Meeting House, Chesterfield

 
 

January 2017

 

Crooked Spire, Chesterfield

 
 

February 2017

 

Newbold Library

 

01629 537570

 

March 2017

 

Heanor Library

 

01629 533795

 

April 2017

 

South Normanton Library

 

01629 535000

 

May 2017

 

Swadlincote Library

 

01629 533013

 

June 2017

 

Eckington Library

 

01629 533748

 

July 2017

 

Dronfield Library

 

01629 533450

 

August 2017

 

Long Eaton Library

 

01629 531470

 

September 2017

 

All Saints Junior School, Matlock

 

01629 583949

 

October 2017

Derbyshire and Derby School Library Service  

01332 371921

 

November 2017

 

Ripley Library

 

01629 532982

 

December 2017

   
 

January 2018

 

Alfreton Library

 

01629 531481

 

February 2018

 

Staveley Library

 

01629 533629

 

March 2018

 

Ashbourne Library

 

01629 533950

 

April 2018

 

Ilkeston Library

 

01629 533275

 

2016
CoC Poster
2015

From 3rd October

Courage of Conscience: Uncovering WW1’s Hidden Stories 
Volunteers (16-30 years old) needed for a Heritage Lottery-funded project until early / mid June 2016 creating stories, poetry and drama about Derbyshire’s conscientious objectors and the communities who resisted and questioned war a century ago. Free monthly writing workshops. The work produced may be included in a booklet and performed at an event in June 2016. Free workshops led by River Wolton, assisted by young writers Katherine Robinson and Matthew Knighton. Location: Chesterfield Library  Opening workshop: 3rd October 2015 11am – 3pm

 

Saturday October 10th 6pm at Open House at The FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE 27 Ashgate Rd S40 4AG
Performance of a play FOR CONSCIENCE SAKE. (more information below)
 
Saturday 14th November 11.0am to 2.0pm Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery WRITTEN IN STONE film and performance of commemorative anthem. The Pomegranate Youth Theatre have researched the heritage and history of local war memorials. This has led to performances and music which will be shared on the day. 
 
 
FOR CONSCIENCE SAKE, a new play by Plain Quakers, explores the choices faced by conscientious objectors in World War One against the backdrop of growing militarisation today. 

When Morris, would-be thespian and seasoned curmudgeon, tries to unravel the story of his grandfather’s heroic exploits in the Great War, he is faced with a surprise. His unlikely buddy, Albert, unsuccessful author and Quaker enthusiast, attempts to ease the pain by arguing that we should remember the bravery of more than 16,000 conscientious objectors who resisted conscription in ‘the war to end all wars’. If more had done the same perhaps millions of lives could have been saved. Unconvinced, Morris stubbornly defends what his grandfather did for King and Country, until Albert unearths documents in Huddersfield that reveal a disturbing truth . . . 

The play commemorates the opposition of Quakers and others to the introduction of conscription in 1916. The Quaker response at the start of World War One was mixed. It is well known that Friends were divided on the question of war service. A number of young Quakers joined up but the Friends Ambulance Unit, formed in 1914 provided opportunities for non-combatant service. In Huddersfield there was fierce opposition to the war among radical groups and when the Military Service Act became law, many young men declared themselves unwilling to fight on conscientious grounds. 

Plain Quakers theatre projects is a theatrical partnership founded 

in 2007 by Arthur Pritchard and Mike Casey. Using simple story-telling theatre and minimal resources, we aim to raise awareness of Quaker concerns and traditions through plays that are relevant and accessible, and that encourage an active engagement with Quaker testimonies on peace, simplicity, and ethical living,in the context of contemporary global capitalism. 

information: plain.quakers@yahoo.co.uk 

Twitter: @PlainQuakers 

2015

March

The Courage of Conscience meeting with Cyril Pearce, about Conscientious Objectors in 1st World War, that was previously cancelled due to bad weather, has now been re-arranged to take place on

SATURDAY 14 MARCH
Chesterfield Library Lecture Theatre
from 1pm – 3.30pm

Cyril Pearce, retired lecturer from Leeds University and leading authority on First World War Conscientious Objectors, will speak about his extensive research and how to explore local resources for more information. He is the author of “Comrades in Conscience”, has compiled a database of Conscientious Objectors, and will explain how to use it.

Everyone is welcome.
Admission free

January

Saturday 17 January 2015, 1pm  at Chesterfield Library Cyril Pearce, retired lecturer from Leeds University and authority on First World War conscientious objectors, will speak about his extensive research and how to explore local resources for more information. He is the author of “Comrades in Conscience” and has compiled a database of Conscientious Objectors, which he will explain. All welcome.

2014

Saturday 29 November 2014,  7pm, Chesterfield Labour club.  Ben Copsey, Project Officer at the Peace Pledge Union, will talk about George Benson and others imprisoned for their stand, whose stories are held in the records of the Peace Pledge Union. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

 

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