The Heritage Lottery Fund South West have awarded Cornish feminist theatre hub Scary Little Girls in partnership with The Heroine Collective, a 50k grant to bring a hugely important piece of feminist heritage into public access.
We’re embarking on an 18 month project to interview the women who formed the Greenham Common Peace Camp between 1981 and 2000. The Peace Camp was established to protest nuclear weapons being placed at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire.
The oral history we collate will be presented in a specially designed website, a nationwide exhibition, and will have a permanent home at The Women’s Library at The London School of Economics.
Women from all over the world braved every weather and indignity to live together in order to protest peacefully and creatively about the threat to humankind from the nuclear arms race. In a time before the internet and mobile phones, the women and their supporters managed to organise thousands for actions like “Embrace the Base” in 1982, in which 30,000 women held hands around the edges of the common.
Though it was the largest demonstration in modern history, we have relatively little information about life on camp from the women themselves. For the first time, we’ll be looking at the truths behind the tabloids, the anecdotal details, the political strategies, and we’ll be bringing the heritage right into the hands of the public.
Were you a Greenham Woman?
Do you have any stories about Greenham?
Do you have friends, colleagues, family members who were at Greenham?
We’d love to hear from you!
We are now receiving lots of emails from Greenham women, and hope we’ll continue to do so! It really is exciting to reach out and find so many people who are willing to donate their stories. The warm response very much encompasses the spirit of activism that formed the camp
Interviews would be conducted between January and April 2019, and will be ideally done in person, and audio recordings made with consent. If women aren’t able to get out of the house, we can happily arrange to go to them.
We’re a small team and we have resources to interview 100 women who were involved in Greenham across the camp’s history. We have had a lot more than 100 women contact us, and will sadly be unable to interview everyone. However, we’re currently exploring ways which allow us to include stories in other forms on our website, so we don’t have to miss anyone out.
People might also want to contact us about archival information they have (photographs, letters, paintings, documentation) or may want to discuss other ways in which we might work together on this project.
We’re contactable here: hello (at) greenhamwomeneverywhere.co.uk
Please do spread the word to other women who may be able to donate their story to the project! We’d love to gather as many perspectives on the life and work of women who lived there across its 20 year existence.
Here’s to the women of Greenham!