Posted by: alison-cullingford | September 22, 2011

Meet Object 30: Dr Raistrick’s “Great Stay and Strength”

The Commonweal Archives in Special Collections at the University of Bradford are dominated by the campaigns from 1950s onwards influenced by Gandhi’s ideas of non violent direct action.  Sometimes to enquirers’ surprise, we have relatively little on, say, earlier anti-war protests or conscientious objectors in the two world wars.  This is because our peace archives come via our links with Commonweal Library, which itself originated in these 1950s movements, and because other archives have stronger collections of earlier material.   However, our archive collections do include some intriguing pre-1950 material on these matters …

Which is a roundabout way of introducing the latest in our 100 Objects exhibition which should interest readers of this blog.  In “Object 30, A Great Stay and Strength“, I examine the inscriptions by Arthur Raistrick on Quaker books he read while imprisoned as a conscientious objector during the First World War.  They offer an interesting way to explore his life, beliefs and scholarly writings of Dr Raistrick, who was recently named the “Dalesman of the Millennium”.


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