At Central Baptist Church, Devonshire Rd, Southampton SO15 2GY
A day of creative expression, dialogue and workshops that include veterans, artists, historians, poets and we hope- you too! Come and hear accounts of mutineers, deserters and conscientious objectors. Stories of people who were and still are the ‘conscience of war’- telling how it was, is and what it’s like for new recruits.
Roger will be giving a talk:
British Armed Forces’ Strikes, Refusals and Mutinies 1919: From Southampton to Murmansk
Bristol Radical History Group (BRHG) expose the hidden history of WWI strikes and mutinies revealing how mass refusals of troops across Europe at the end of the war included expressions of militant dissent in the British Armed Forces. In January 1919, a movement of British soldiers, sailors and airmen refused their orders, formed ‘councils’ and demanded demobilisation. Alongside these rebellions in army bases in mainland Britain and France the crucial channel ports of Dover, Folkestone and Southampton were occupied and shut down by thousands of soldiers and sailors. This widespread revolt was successful in its aims and helped lead to the collapse of the Allied invasion of Soviet Russia.
The main event also includes:
- New short films by Darren Cullen- Action man: Battlefield Casualties
- Ex SAS soldier Ben Griffin founder of Veterans for Peace UK: What to expect if you ‘join up’ now.
- Interactive workshop with Emily Johns and Gabriel Carlyle: The world is my country- Inspiring art and histories of resistance.
- Art by CRASS Gee Vaucher, Darren Cullen, Emily Johns, Lizzie Jones and more.
- Afterparty gathering open to all friendlies with open mic at Avondale House. Music, poetry, film and fun.
Please indicate if you can come for catering purposes. OPEN TO ALL, FREE LUNCH PROVIDED!