A Celebration of Sixty Years of Scottish CND – Scotland: A Peace of History

By Mike Small

Gerald Holtom’s original design for the peace sign incorporates the semaphore letters N and D, for “nuclear disarmament.

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has created a mobile exhibition featuring sixty years of the anti-nuclear movement in Scotland. Launched last month at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, Scottish CND has made a visual timeline with accompanying video testimonies from key figures in the nuclear disarmament movement. Scottish CND, which turned sixty this year, hopes that this exhibition, will be nostalgic, inspiring and educational.

Reporting in online magazine Bella Caledonia, Arthur West, Chair of Scottish CND said “Scotland: A Peace of History is an opportunity to look at everything CND have achieved, there is a significant body of work there and we should be proud of that. We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting this project. It is very encouraging to see the Fund get behind an initiative which tells the story of Scottish CND and the wider Scottish peace movement.”

Emma Cockburn campaign worker at Scottish CND said:
“This is a massive project, the first of its kind which collates nearly eighty years of peace activism in Scotland. Every one of us has a role in the campaign against nuclear weapons on our land and in our sixtieth year as a campaign, nuclear disarmament is needed now more than ever.”

Key events in the exhibition show the progression of nuclear weaponry from the first ‘a-bombs’ to the multi-billion dollar global industry that exists today. Scotland: A Peace of History shows how the weapons involved have not only developed technologically, enhancing their targeting capabilities and destructive power, but also how possession of nuclear weapons progressed into a symbol of strength and status, coveted by powerful nations. Events such as international treaties and agreements regarding nuclear weapons give a historical view of the ways in which the global community have tried to navigate this dangerous and divisive topic.

The exhibition will be going on tour at schools and community spaces around Scotland early 2019, including a visit to Arran. The local branch of CND here would love to hear from long time Arran CND campaigners and encourage them to bring any memorabilia they may have which can be shown alongside the exhibition. More on the dates of the exhibition will be published in the Voice.