We believe that by inspiring our visitors to think about peace and peacemaking, we can build a better world for all that is free from conflict and violence.
The Peace Museum is one of a kind – a place where stories of peacemakers and nonviolent movements of social justice are celebrated; where individuals who have been silenced are given a platform; where stories written out of history are given the spotlight. We are the only museum in the UK dedicated to peace.
What is The Peace Museum?
For twenty years we have been championing the untold stories of radical, courageous individuals, those who risked their lives, their jobs and their social standing striving for a more peaceful, equal planet in the belief that war is never anything other than failure.
We have over 9,000 objects in our unique collection which continues to expand. In the last five years we have been busier than ever. In 2019 we worked with over 13,000 people who visited the museum or took part in our unique education and outreach programmes. We support people to build peace across communities through exploring and learning.
Growth Brings Challenges
Our momentum is growing and so is our influence. There is a renewed interest in our collection. We are being recognised as a vital resource for peace in the UK.
But growth brings challenges, and our current premises have reached their capacity and are no longer fit for purpose leaving us at a standstill. We are located up 60 steps meaning we are inaccessible. We have no street frontage meaning we are invisible. We do not have the storage space or gallery space to continue to build our collection.
The next 20 years
As we look forward to the next twenty years, we are in need of a new home to unlock our potential and support the increasing demand for our work.
We want to see more of our important collection in the gallery rather than in storage, show more ambitious exhibitions, and have a purpose-built education space – all with easy access in the heart of our vibrant city.
The covid-19 pandemic has made this even more urgent. Our current space is too small for us to work with groups and schools which is a major source of income for us. We cannot open at full capacity for the foreseeable future and we can't afford to lose the momentum we have built in the last five years. Can you help us change this?
This year has been a difficult year for us all. We have been closed since March and had to put some of our exhibition plans on hold. We've been successful in fundraising to support our core operational costs and we're now looking secure the longterm future of the museum. You can help us raise £20,000 to put us even closer to our target of creating The Peace Museum of the future.
We have set an ambitious target of £200,000 to pay for this vision we've already raised nearly half towards this target. This campaign will put us another step closer and allow us to go into 2021 with a renewed energy to push forward our plans.
Will you join us in lifting up the voices of peace around the world by donating to this campaign today?
Together we can build a more peaceful world.
- CND Badge: Eric Austen, 1958 with thanks to the Austen Family.
- Remembrance is not enough banner: Thalia Campbell Designs. Photograph by Eva Herzog.
- Greenham Common banner: Thalia Campbell Designs
- Hands Sculpture: Josefina De Vasconvellos
- All others: The Peace Museum