Borderlines Debate: Greenham 25 Years On

Saturday 31 2.00pm - 8.30pm, The Courtyard Hereford
Day Ticket to all the films and debate: £10

Come and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Greenham Common peace camp! Look back at some of the films produced, meet the women filmmakers and protesters and look forward to the new resurgence in peace campaigning at the Borderlines debate.



Close To Home (15)

A feminist perspective on life for two Israeli conscripts patrolling the streets of Jerusalem. See full film description

Meet for lunch in The Courtyard café, there will be a display of banners and other memorabilia.



A Common Cause (PG)

Director: Jane Jackson, 1983, 50 minutes

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Made for ITV this fly-on-the-wall documentary was banned from national viewing because it showed peace women as they really were - ordinary, respectable women with children, who walked from Chester to Greenham to protest about cruise missiles. Introduced by the filmmaker, Jane Jackson, four of the Chester women will reflect on their experience. Chaired by Ursula Atfield (Labour Party councillor and Hereford ex-mayor).



Carry Greenham Home (15)

Directors: Beeban Kidron and Amanda Richardson, 1983, 1 hour 6 minutes

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Made while the directors were film students, the film gives a fuller picture of what life at Greenham was like than the fragmented news reports of the time. It covers the processes underlying the women's decisions, the influence of outside forces, and the verve and style with which they developed their own brand of non-violent direct action.

Directors, Beeban Kidron, Amanda Richardson, and Lindsay Poulton from Guardian Films, will be here to answer questions after the film.

Beeban and Lindsay have recently collaborated on a unique project Greenham Myfilm to be published on the Guardian Unlimited website

+ And the Fence Came Tumbling Down

Director: Tim Knock, 2001, 10 minutes

Documents the ultimate success of this unique protest, with the dismantling of the US air base in 2000 after 20 years of non-violent action.


7.00pm - 8.30pm

The Borderlines Debate: Greenham 25 Years On

An opportunity to explore the legacy of Greenham and to focus on current peace issues. Among the speakers will be Green Party MEP, Jean Lambert who has a special interest in peace, nuclear weapons and disarmament and the environment. Jenny Maxwell, Chair of West Midlands CND will address Trident Replacement and Janet Bloomfield, British Coordinator of Atomic Mirror will talk about how the arts and culture can contribute to social change movements.

Felicity Norman, Green Party candidate for Leominster, Herefordshire, will introduce the speakers and chair the discussion.

Thanks to the Hereford Quakers for their support

More information on Greenham

In the autumn of 2006 an exhibition was held at The Guardian Newsroom in London marking 25 years since the mass women's protest at Greenham Common against the US nuclear cruise missiles based there. To coincide with the exhibition several articles, some commemorative, others analytical, about Greenham were published both in the newspaper and on the Guardian Unlimited website.

Greenham Common revisited

Greenham Common remembered, 25 years on

The Greenham Common peace camp and its legacy by Jean Stead, a former assistant editor of the Guardian

Unblocking the route to peace - an article by Ann Pettit, founder of the peace camp, assessing the achievements of the protest. Ann's memoir Walking to Greenham was published last year.

Protest and survive - one of the leading veterans of Greenham Common. Rebecca Johnson talks about 25 years of civil disobedience

Discussion on the legacy of Greenham held at Guardian Newsroom in September 2006 (with link to downloadable mp3)

A selection of articles from the Guardian and the Observer at the time of the Greenham Common Peace Camp

The Imperial War Museum has a Life in the Woman's Peace Camp sound archive.

The Central Office of Information produced a series of "Protect and Survive" booklets and public information films for the British Government in the late seventies and early eighties. The aim was to instruct the public on how to cope with a nuclear attack. Two films Protect & Survive - Action After Warnings and Protect & Survive - Casualties can be viewed on the National Archives website.

Current non-violent direct action campaigns

Block the Builders is a campaign which aims to nonviolently prevent the building of a new laser facility at AWE Aldermaston.

Aldermaston Women's Peace Camp and Campaign

Faslane 365 is a one year continuous peaceful blockade of the Trident base at Faslane from 1st October 2006 to 30th September 2007.

Other organisations committed to peace and nuclear disarmament

CND - Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Acronym Institute provides reporting, analysis and strategic thinking on a range of issues relevant to peace and security, with special emphasis on treaties and multilateral initiatives.

Green Party

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