The Grassington and District Peace Group Archive

Scope and Content

Minutes of Group meetings, 1981-1994. The books and files of minutes also contain extra material, including press cuttings, leaflets, postcards and photographs. Group Newsletters, December 1982-February 2004. Grassington and District Peace Group 1981-1996, a booklet produced to commemorate the first 15 years of the Group.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Group was formed by concerned individuals in the Grassington area (near Skipton, North Yorkshire) in 1981, at the height of the Cold War. Their original aims were: "To work for the abolition of weapons of mass destruction - nuclear, chemical and biological - in Britain and throughout the world. To inform ourselves and others of the facts of peace and war. To persuade the Government to divert money spent on the arms trade in order to provide the basic needs of the human race. To encourage the faith that ordinary people can influence governments." The Group's activities have included talks, displays, demonstrations, visits to schools, letter-writing and film shows. It has produced a regular Newsletter, leaflets and postcards. In 1986, to celebrate the United Nations Year of Peace, a Peace and Friendship quilt was created, which travelled around Yorkshire, England and Europe.

Access Information

Available to researchers, by appointment. Access to archive material is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Richard Harland (a founder member and office holder of the Group) in May 2004.


In English.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of Special Collections staff, subject to copyright law and the condition of the originals. Applications for permission to make published use of any material should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian in the first instance. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

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