Commemorating the Peacemakers

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Date(s) - 15th November
All Day


Venue: Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LW

Day conference with FoR, Oxford Quakers, Movement for the Abolition of War and Ruskin College.

There are plenty of events around the world marking 100 years since the start of “The Great War”.  Our programme aims to offer an alternative history and focus on those who tried to prevent the war, and those who resisted it, both before it started and during it.  We will learn about the peace, labour and women’s movements leading up to the war and what they were doing in 1914.  We will try to relate their struggles to those of peace-makers today and what lessons we have learnt about peace-making for 2014.

The day will start with a key-note speaker followed by a panel discussion, with representatives of organisations that have pursued peace-making over the last century.

The afternoon will continue with workshops on music, film, education materials, and the day will end with a free concert.

If you are booking for more than one person, please write ALL of their names in the box, so they can go on the guest list.




Programme for the day

From 10am: Registration and sign up for afternoon workshops

Morning session  10.30am – 12.30pm: Keynote speaker, panel speakers, discussion and questions

Chair: Jane Dawson: Head of Quaker Advocacy and Public Relations

Keynote speaker : John Gittings on the arguments against war  in 1914, and why they did not prevail.


Katherine Connelly, feminist historian on hidden stories of women who organised against the war.

Tracy Walsh, Academic Coordinator, Ruskin College, on how socialists in the labour movement resisted the drive to war.

Emma Anthony, Quaker and staff at Fellowship of Reconciliation, on FoR’s past and current work for peace.

1.30pm – 4.30pm:  Workshops

 1st: 1.30pm – 2.45pm

2nd: 3.15pm – 4.30pm

Choose 1 workshop for each session:

(i)  Music: sing peace songs.

(ii) Film & talk: conscientious objection and the ethics of recruitment

(iii) Education:  educating ourselves to prevent war.

(iv)  Films: recent DVDs on how to abolish war.

Free Concert, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Sea Green Singers – songs of justice and peace

 Ciaran Walsh: story-teller, recounting the Christmas Truce.

 Men’s group singing songs about the pity of war 

East Oxford Community Choir: excerpts from ‘The Armed Man, a Mass for Peace’, by Karl Jenkins.

 Poetry readings about war and peace

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

A printable copy of the programme is available here.

If you wish to come to the concert but not the conference, you just need to email to say how many people you are or call 01865 250781.

Any further questions, please email

Tickets for the conference are available from FoR. Either download this form and send a cheque (suggested donation £10) payable to “Fellowship of Reconciliation” to

Oxford peace event
c/o FoR
Peace House
19 Paradise Street
Ox1 1LD

…or fill in the form at the bottom of the page and donate £10 online below, specifying in the donation comment box that it’s for “Oxford event”.  Note: click on the big blue “Give now” icon then select “Donate”.

For simplicity, you will NOT be sent a ticket, but will be a guest list on the door.  If you send us a cheque and would like acknowledgement of receipt, please provide an email address or telephone number.

(Don’t be put off by the £total – FoR uses the same account for general donations, but it will all go to the Peacemakers event if you state “Oxford” in the box called “Donation comment”).