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Unique peace archives unveiled

23 April 10


A unique collection of archives from peace activists and organisations will be unveiled next week at the University of Bradford following a one-year project to catalogue the archives.

The PaxCat project will be presented on Monday, 26 April, 2010 and will show over 100 collections as part of the Special Collections department at the University.  The collections were built from archives in the Commonweal Library and tell the stories of modern UK peace movements.  In particular the late 1950's and early 1960's nuclear disarmament campaigns of the Direct Action Committee and the Committee of 100, and the 1980's peace camps at Greenham and Molesworth.

The project received £35K from the National Cataloguing Grants Scheme in 2008 and now complete, the finished catalogues will appear on the Archives Hub website, making them an important resource for researchers and visible to anyone interested.

Head of Special Collections at the University, Alison Cullingford, said: "I am very proud that the collections are based at the University of Bradford.  They cover over 100 metres in total and many hidden treasures were found during the catalogue period that were previously unknown."

As part of the cataloguing process Project Archivist, Helen Roberts, kept a blog reflecting on the archives and her work with them.  The blog can be read here: www.commonwealarchives.wordpress.com

The archives hub can be viewed online at: www.archiveshub.ac.uk

23 April 10

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