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Women’s Peace Crusade – Blackburn 1917

Wednesday 5th July 2017  to Saturday 26th August 2017

Women’s Peace Crusade Exhibition

This exhibition is the part of a wider community heritage project which ran from April 2016-February 2017, looking at the radical and pacifist Women’s Peace  Crusade which ran like wildfire across  East Lancashire in 1917-1918. There was an active Crusade in Blackburn led by the ‘fancy’ weaver, socialist and suffragist, Lydia Leach. Other Crusading women in the town included the mothers of soldiers at the Front and the wives and mothers of local Conscientious Objectors. Sylvia Pankhurst came to speak at many Crusade demonstrations in the town where there were often crowds of over 3,000 women. Come and find out more!

The exhibition opens on Wednesday July 5th at 2pm – please come and view artefacts, newspaper clippings, stories about the local activists and see how this ‘hidden history’ has been recovered by local volunteers.



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