Press cuttings

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  • Reference
      GB 106 5GCW/E/2
  • Dates of Creation
      Nov 1983 - Dec 1984
  • Physical Description
      1 album

Scope and Content

Chronological summary of key press cuttings and main events covered:


*The camp takes President Reagan to the USA courts in a bid to prevent the cruise missiles coming to Britain.

*187 women arrested at once after pulling the RAF base perimeter fences down.

*The Guardian publishes a leaked classified document stating that the Government would most likely fly the missiles in to RAF Greenham Common on 1 Nov 1983.

*Michael Heseltine (Defence Secretary) refuses to give assurance that any protestors would not be shot if they invaded the nuclear missile bunkers built for cruise missiles.

Cruise launchers and supplies are flown in to the Greenham Common base in preparation of the arrival of cruise missiles.

*'I meet the Greenham manhaters' by Jean Ritchie in The Sun (7 Nov).

Cruise missiles arrive on 14 Nov.

*141 women arrested at Greenham Common and 300 arrested at a protest in Westminster.

*Michael Hesletine is sprayed with paint and eggs (15 Nov).

*'Why the Greenham women aren't what they seem' by Anne Robinson in The Daily Mirror (23 Nov).

*Government orders inquiry into the leaked document published by the Guardian.


Evictions, harassment, arrests, court appearances and prison sentences continue throughout the year.

*Report on how the Americans living stationed at Royal Air Force (RAF) Greenham Common feel about the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp (3 Jan).

*Plans to deploy cruise missiles are delayed due to the protest (14 Jan).

*Press review of film 'Carry Greenham Home' made by Beeban Kidron and Amanda Richardson.

*Sarah Tisdell sent for trial accused of leaking classified information to The Guardian [schedule for arrival of cruise at Greenham Common RAF base] (8 Feb).

*Joan Baez visits the camp (10 Feb).

Continued coverage of cruise movements, including the protestor's disruptions.

*The Guardian reports on the Sarah Tisdell case, including how she leaked the cruise schedule, a full account of her trial, and her six month sentence (24 Mar).

*Mary Stott visits the camp (2 Apr).

*Greenham Common women lose court case against United States of America (USA) Government. They intend to appeal (2 Aug).

*Caroline Blackwood publishes 'On the Perimeter', an account of how both sides feel about the Greenham Common protest.

*The Guardian publishes an article on 'The Greenham Children' and the effect of the protest on them (21 Sep).

*The News of the World reports 'Peace Nudes Shock Troops' (7 Oct).