Snapshot on Greenham Common

The first Monday of every month brings a lunchtime Snapshot session in the archive down in the museum’s lower level. It’s an opportunity for anyone to have a look at a selection of some of the 80,000 photographs in our huge collection from the Labour Party and Communist Party archives in a friendly and informal setting.

Greenham Common - green gate

On Mon 2 Dec Snapshot focuses on Greenham Common and other peace camps.

Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp was established at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire in 1981 to protest against the British government allowing Cruise nuclear missiles to be located there. There was a constant presence of peace campers living permanently or temporarily at the base. Mass demonstrations took place in April 1983, when 70,000 protesters formed a 14 miles human chain to the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, and in December 1983, when 50,000 women encircled the base. The last missiles left Greenham in 1991, but women remained at the site until 2000 to protest against the U.K.’s Trident nuclear programme.  There were also peace camps at Upper Heyford and Molesworth, among others, and they too form part of our collection.

Greenham Common - women linking hands

Snapshot sessions last from 12:30pm – 1:30 pm on the first Monday of every month (except January). There’s no need to book; just come along. A 15% in the museum cafe is available to anyone who attends.

Greenham Common Air Base - women tear down perimeter fence


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