Object of the Month – March 2015

March 2015 - Photograph of Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and Human Chain, 1982

women 9 mile ring photograph. Image copyright Press Association Ltd.

women 9 mile ring photograph. Image copyright Press Association Ltd.

Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp was established in September 1981 by the Welsh group ‘Women for Life on Earth’.  The women had marched from Cardiff to Greenham in protest of the nuclear weapons that were to be housed at the site.  Within a few days of arriving, the peace camp was established.  Greenham Common would soon be recognised both nationally and internationally.

This photograph shows the human chain that the protestors formed on 12 December 1982 during the event known as Embrace the Base.  After a decision by the government to keep 96 cruise missiles on site, the women of Greenham Common sent out a chain letter that inspired thousands to join them.  On that day, an estimated group of 30,000 formed a nine mile chain around the base fence.

The Embrace the Base event would become one of the defining moments of the Greenham Common Peace Camp.

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