[The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.] Sturdy brown suitcase belonging to an anti-nuclear protester, containing numerous pamphlets, stickers, a traffic lamp from Greenham Common Air Force base, and other material.
A powerful and evocative artefact, and a decided museum piece, mainly centring on the year 1980 and 1981, significant years in the movement's history, with a quarter of a million people marched through central London in support of CND in 1981. The collection includes a copy of the 1980 government pamphlet 'Protect and Survive', and E. P. Thompson's celebrated riposte of the same year, 'Protest and Survive'. The collection is in fair condition, with signs of age and wear which enhance rather than detract from its impact. Housed in a battered sturdy brown suitcase (31 x 44 x 10 cm), which opens up to reveal a green felt lining with long brass hinge running the length of the case. On opening the box one sees three stickers stuck to the lining (two for the Campaign Against Arms Trade and the other for CND). Taking up nearly half the space in the case is a heavy metal traffic lamp (24.5 x 16.5 x 7 cm) in yellow and orange (a 'TrafilLAMP' by Dorman Smith), with the word 'GREENHAM' in large black letters on one side, indicating that the item was purloined from the vicinity of Greenham Common Air Force base. The case also contains eighteen pamphlets and one duplicate: Seventeen pamphlets. ONE. Ken Coates, 'European Nuclear Disarmament' (Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, third impression, January 1981). TWO. 'Why should I care about the death penalty - we don't have it here?' (Amnesty International, 1980). THREE. Philip Bolsover, 'Civil Defence: the cruellest confidence trick' (CND, ). FOUR. 'In the Name of Life itself | Ban the Neutron Bomb!' (World Peace Council, 1977). With duplicate. FIVE. 'Protect and Survive' (HMSO, 1980). SIX. E. P. Thomson, 'Protest and Survive' (CND, 'Second (Revised) edition | Fourth printing', 1980). SEVEN. Betty England, 'Why we need Action not Words' (CND, ). EIGHT. 'Songs for Peace' (CND, no year). NINE. 'Domestic Nuclear Shelters: Advice on domestic shelters providing protection against nuclear explosions. A Home Office guide' (HMSO, 1981). TEN. 'Days to remember. An account of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki' (Tokyo: Hiroshima-Nagasaki Publishing Committee, first impression, 1981). ELEVEN. Peter Kennard and Ric Sissons, 'No Nuclear Weapons. The Case for Nuclear Disarmament' (Pluto Press/CND, 1981). TWELVE. 'The Speech we ignored: Lord Louis Mountbatten on Nuclear War 11th May 1979' (CND, [1979?]). THIRTEEN. Professor Eric Burhop, 'The Neutron Bomb' (CND, third edition, 1981). FOURTEEN. 'Official U.K. Government Parody. Meet Mr. Bomb. A practical guide to Nuclear Extinction' (High Meadow Publishing Inc/Suron International Publications, 1983). FIFTEEN. 'The War Game' (A Sanity Broadsheet, CND, 1980). SIXTEEN. 'Campaign Against Cruise' (A Sanity Broadsheet, CND, ). SEVENTEEN. 'No More Hiroshimas' (A Second Generation Youth CND Pamphlet, no year). Also present is a Wembley Stadium ticket for the Concert for Human Rights Now!, 2 September 1988, with the accompanying card wallet, and programme titled 'The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948-1988 | Your Passport to Human Rights'. Among the stickers are five large plastic ones in colours (all circular and around 12 cm in diameter), including one for Youth CND, one for Scottish CND, one in German and one relating to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The other stickers include 35 copies of one for the Campaign Against Arms Trade, and 62 of the same design for CND (52 of them large and 10 small). There are also three sheets with a total of 31 yellow and orange 'smiling sun' 'Atomic Power? No thanks' stickers, with another seven of them loose. The final items in the case are a copy of a postcard of Peter Kennard's celebrated version of Constable's 'Hay Wain' with cruise missiles. Three photocopies complete the contents: an A2 page from the Guardian, 9 October 1980, carrying an article by Lord Zuckerman titled 'Bomb-happy'; an A4 page reproducing 35 versions of the 'happy sun' sticker, with the caption: 'NUCLEAR POWER? NO THANKS IN 35 LANGUAGES!'; a 22-page pamphlet (on 6 A4 sheets) titled 'Free at Last | The story of Martin Luther King'.