5 June—14 July 2018

Refusing to kill: Bristol’s World War I conscientious objectors

The story of Bristol men who refused to fight in World War I and the people who supported them.

47 men in total were arrested and imprisoned for being conscientious objectors during WWI. Many faced harsh conditions in prison and found it difficult to return to work after their imprisonment.

This exhibition explores the varied motivations of conscientious objectors and their experiences during the war and afterwards, using documents, photographs, artifacts and material from surviving relatives and archive collections.

The display also looks at current opposition to war around the world and draws comparisons and links with the stand taken by WWI conscientious objectors.

This exhibition has been curated by Remembering the Real WW1, with additional material selected by Bristol Archives.

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