Freedom from Torture is the only organisation in the UK dedicated solely to the treatment of torture survivors. It provides medical consultation, forensic documentation of torture, psychological therapies and practical help for people who have survived the most horrific abuses of human rights. In its 25 years, Freedom from Torture has received referrals for over 50,000 people and has opened treatment centres in five major cities to meet the needs of torture survivors dispersed around the UK. Last year, almost 150 people from nearly 40 different countries were referred to Freedom from Torture’s North West centre in Manchester for help. For more information visit www.freedomfromtorture.org
These doodles were done by Lloyd George at a meeting of the Inter-Allied Council to discuss the terms of the Armistice to be imposed on Germany in November 1918. Difficult and complicated business, reflected in this sketch from blotting paper on the negotiation table. A small figure is trapped in an endless red cage of intersecting lines – does this suggest the complicated carve-up of postwar Europe, and the helpless individuals within it? The lines are repeated over and over again, like an unresolved conflict that continues to replay itself – as it would in 1939, in a chain of events rooted in the terms of the Treaty of Versailles.
IWM explores the cycle of conflict and war, and how it shapes our lives. This includes our efforts to address and respond to the causes and consequences of war, and to break conflict cycles. This is why the Museum’s collections contain evidence of peacekeepers, peace makers and peace builders from 1918 to the present day.Read More
The Peace Museum (Bradford) will be describing their work and collections at the WORKING FOR PEACE EXPO at IWM North on Sunday/Monday 18/19 September.
The Peace Museum, the only museum of its kind in the UK, explores, preserves and enhances the heritage of the peace movement, providing inspiring opportunities for people to engage with concepts of peace, cohesion, non-violence and conflict resolution.
The Peace Museum is excited about participating in the Working for Peace Expo and looks forward to sharing the inspiring heritage of the peace movement from its unique collections. Peace history is in some ways is a ‘hidden history’ because it is not yet well known; the museum aims to uncover this history and make it come alive by sharing stories of incredible daring, fortitude and vision of people who have strived and who are currently working to make the world a better place.
Curator and Manager: The Peace Museum
To mark the International Day of Peace on Wednesday 21 September, Imperial War Museum North opens its doors to organisations ‘working for peace’. The Expo is a chance for visitors to meet representatives from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Amnesty, Freedom From Torture, Musicians Without Borders, Foundation For Peace and Bradford Peace Museum. These groups will host stalls in the Main Exhibition Space and answer visitors’ questions about their work on Sunday 18 and Monday 19 September 2011, between 10am – 4pm.
This is a fascinating chance to encounter those who work for peace at the heart of the Museum’s exhibition spaces - if you are interested in coming along, check IWM North’s website for directions:http://north.iwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.27
There will also be short presentations in the Libeskind Rooms at the following times:
- British Army Presentation Team – Sunday 18 & Monday 19 September at 12.30;
- Alison Ronan (Manchester Metropolitan University) on Sunday 18 at 1.30;
- Catharine Hardy (Freedom From Torture) on Sunday 18 at 2.30;
- Royal Navy Presentation Team on Monday 19 at 1.15;
- Reginald Kingston (experience with MSF) on Monday 19 at 2.30.
We’ll be updating the blog with more info about the events and the organisations taking part over the next few days.Read More