Posted by: helenrobertsbradford | October 30, 2009

Hallowe’en 1983

Hallowe'en at Greenham Common

Here are three women celebrating Hallowe’en at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in 1983.

The photograph was found amongst the papers of Sarah Meyer, who arrived at the camp in December 1982.  This was the month of the ‘Embrace the base’ demonstration which saw 30,000 women gather at Greenham to link arms around the base.  In an interview for the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, Ann Pettit describes how the women decorated and embroidered the fence and how the military responded:

“…the soldiers would become absurdly enraged by embroidery when women would darn the fence…  The military would be sent with scissors to cut through these silly bits of darning and then they’d reappear the next morning”.

As an example of non violent direct action, this has echoes of Gandhi and his spinning wheel.


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