Bradford vs The Bomb
Bradford vs The Bomb
4th July 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Join us for a special panel event marking the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
CND was formerly convened in 1958 following the publication in The New Statesman of an article by Bradfordian J. B. Priestley. Since then, Bradford has played a major part in the progression and development of CND, becoming one of the UK’s first Nuclear Free Zones in 1981.
Our panel, featuring CND General Secretary Kate Hudson, Director of the Bradford Peace Museum David Kennedy, and campaigner and academic Michael Randle, will examine the local significance of CND, why Bradford has played such a pivotal role in the movement, and where the future of nuclear lies.
Tickets available on the main website.
Kate Hudson has been General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament since September 2010. Prior to this she served as the organisation’s Chair from 2003. She is a leading anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigner nationally and internationally. She is also author of CND Now More than Ever: The Story of a Peace Movement.
Dave worked in the mills before becoming a climbing instructor, then a social worker and finally ended up as a serious man in a suit at Bradford Council where by far his best job was Nuclear Free Zone Co-ordinator. He was closely involved in establishing The Peace Museum.
Michael Randle has been active in the peace movement since the early 1950s. He was a Member of the Direct Committee Against Nuclear War, and its Aldermaston March Committee, who first adopted the nuclear disarmament symbol by Gerald Holtom. In the 1980s he coordinated the Alternative Defence Commission. Michael is an editor of A Guide to Civil Resistance.
The Peace Artistes
In 1980s Britain, Margaret Thatcher’s policies provoked a wave of protest across the country. Musicians around the country formed bands to join the growing protests. The Peace Artistes band was formed by Peace Studies students from Bradford and some members of CND in order to make music at peace marches, and they continue to march today.