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Anti-War Movement and Pacifism

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Glasgow Museums has a collection of approximately 200 objects related to anti-war movements and pacifism in Glasgow which date from between 1910 and 1995.

This collection includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, photographs, textiles, furniture, posters, books, badges, flyers, leaflets and ceramics as well as a peace torch and a caravan. Items range from portraits of prominent pacifists, such as Sir Hugh Roberton and James Maxton, to the desk used by the Glasgow socialist John Maclean. The collection also contains items related to the 'Red Clydesiders' involved in the anti-war protests between 1914 and 1918 and material from the Faslane Peace Camp which was set up in 1982 to non-violently oppose the presence of nuclear weapons at Faslane Naval Base on the Clyde, 30 miles from Glasgow.

Throughout the 20th century Glasgow was closely associated with both anti-war and pacifist movements, particularly as the focal point of anti-war protest between 1914 and 1918 and the base for the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and related peace movement from the end of World War II.