Commemoration, Conflict & Conscience


Details have been announced of the programme of talks, films, performance, exhibitions taking place as part of the Commemoration, Conflict & Conscience Festival. The main festival weekend is on Saturday & Sunday 27th & 28th April but some exhibitions are on at venues across the city for a longer period and there are some linked events taking place before and after the weekend.

Commemoration, Conflict & Conscience is a national festival which looks at hidden or lesser known stories of the First World War, legacies of the conflict, peace-building and alternatives to officially sponsored commemoration. Topics considered include: the Shot at Dawn campaign; conscientious objection to military service; strikes; mutinies, desertion and absenteeism; colonial experiences and impacts; women’s peace activism; treatment of veterans; a century of opposition to war; alienation from commemoration.

At Bristol’s M Shed museum, this free weekend festival (27th-28th April) will bring together community groups, local historians, academics, campaigners, activists and performers from across the country. The festival includes exhibitions, performances, talks, films, music, community projects, history walks and a puppet show.

Highlights include Cyril Pearce, one of the foremost researchers into WW1 conscientious objectors, Janet Booth who has campaigned to clear the name of her grandfather who was shot for desertion, Piet Chielens of the ‘In Flanders Field‘ museum and many others. On the evening of 27th April at the SouthBank Club, Paul McGann will be in conversation about his appearance in the classic BBC TV series ‘The Monocled Mutineer‘.

The festival is being organised in Bristol with the help of the Remembering the Real World War One history group.

All the events will be listed below but keep an eye out as more are being added every day.

M Shed Rooms: Studios 1 & 2 are on the 1st Floor, Rooms 1-3 are in the Events Suite on the 2nd Floor.

Evening events on Saturday 27th are at the Southbank Club, Dean Lane, BS3 1DB.

You can follow the festival on Facebook here and on Twitter here

For more information email

Exhibitions (drag left/right):

Date Title With
to A colour chart for killing Jude Hutchen
to The Art and Nature of Conscience

Thursday 18th April (drag left/right):

Sunday 21st April (drag left/right):

Date Time Title With
This Evil Thing Michael Mears

Tuesday 23rd April (drag left/right):

Date Time Title With

These Dangerous Women Michele Ryan

Saturday 27 April @MShed (drag left/right):

Date Time Location Title With

Studio 2 Making It Home Mark Rhead

Studio 1 Conscientious Objector Stories From Around England 1 Karen Hunt,
Elinor Kelly,
Sue Smith

Room 1 Internment and internee stories from England and Germany Sonia Grant,
Silvie Fisch,
Claudia Sternberg

Room 2 Art and War Jude Hutchen,
Al Johnson,
Ian Rudge

Room 3 Shot at Dawn Campaign Janet Booth,
Piet Chielens,
Andy De Comyn,
Julian Putkowski,
Tony T,
David Baines,
Gerry Hunwick

Studio 1 Opposition to Conscription in Wales and Ireland Aled Eirug,
Joe Mooney

War School Mic Dixon,
Aly Renwick

Room 1 Paying for Peace or Paying for War? Robin Brookes,
Diana Warner,
Lois Bibbings

Room 1 England Arise! A Drama Cyril Pearce,
Mick Martin

Studio 1 Bristol Radical History Group Book Launch Lois Bibbings,
Jeremy Clarke,
June Hannam

Room 2 A Hundred Years Of Opposition To War Lindsey German,
Daniel Blaney

Room 3 WW1’s Hidden Voices Kooj Chuhan,
Dipali Das,
Ruth Tait

Studio 2 Mutiny Julian Putkowski,
Tony T

Studio 1 Researching Conscientious Objectors Cyril Pearce,
Valerie Flessati

Room 2 Treatment of War Veterans: Then and Now Louise Bell,
Aly Renwick

Room 1 Commemorating War 1 Andy De Comyn,
Mary Muldowney

Studio 2 Women Campaigning for Peace in World War 1 Alison Ronan

Saturday 27 April @Southbank Club (drag left/right):

Sunday 28th April @MShed (drag left/right):

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