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New Focus contributes to 'A Flawed Peace?' a major new exhibition at the Peace Museum, Bradford.

Wed, 24th Oct, 2018


New Focus
, our young people’s collective, has been working in partnership with The Peace Museum, Bradford, on A Flawed Peace? An Exhibition Exploring the Peace After the First World War.

The exhibition focusses on both heritage of the war and heritage of the peace. It features an original 1919 copy of the Treaty of Versailles, the peace treaty signed after the conflict. New Focus has contributed research into the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), a group of pacifists who challenged the terms of the treaty. New Focus has devised a panel telling the story of these amazing women.

This project builds on New Focus’s recent Heritage Lottery funded project No Man’s Land: Young People Uncover Women’s Viewpoints of the First World War. This groundbreaking project, a partnership with The Peace Museum, The University of Leeds and IWM (Imperial War Museums), gave young people from Bradford the chance to explore heritage rich archives and uncover stories of women who took photographs during the First World War.

During the No Man’s Land project, New Focus became fascinated by WILPF when they uncovered a 100-year-old photographic printing from the collections of The Peace Museum. The block depicts the British delegation at the International Congress of Women held in Zürich in 1919. Through support from the Heritage Lottery Fund First World War Then and Now programme, New Focus had the opportunity find out more about WILPF and develop their interpretation and research skills at workshops at The Peace Museum.

Join New Focus at The Peace Museum on Thursday 1 November 5.30pm to 8.00pm to celebrate the launch of A Flawed Peace? and hear more about these inspiring women. The exhibition continues until Friday 28 June 2019, to find out more visit The Peace Museum website here.

A Flawed Peace? is supported by a National Lottery grant awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War Then and Now programme and made possible by National Lottery players. During the week of Monday 3 December any visitors who bring their lottery ticket to the exhibition will receive a Peace Museum badge as part of HLF's #ThanksToYou campaign.