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.


War resistors: the local and national picture in WWI
Saturday 7 July, 2pm – 3.30pm
No admission fee – donations welcome
To accompany the Refusing to Kill exhibition, members of Remembering the Real WW1 are hosting a talk to compare the local and national dynamic of conscientious objectors during World War I, and to explore in more depth the motivations and experiences of the men who refused to enlist.