Eric Austen was an English designer and teacher who produced the first ever iconic CND badges.
During the Second World War, Austen, who was a pacifist, worked in the Forestry Service. After the war he worked in education, specialising in art education. Austen’s daughter, Gea, recollects that her father at some point ‘started to talk a lot of about the bomb…he started talking about Hiroshima and Nagasaki’. He made friends with CND figures such as the Rev. Canon Collins, Pat Arrowsmith, Peggy Duff and Hugh Brock.
Austen was involved with the organisation of the first Easter march to Aldermaston, and made the first CND badges for that demonstration. The early badges were made in ceramic, meaning they would be among the very few man-made objects to survive a nuclear inferno.
What is 60 faces of CND?
Founded in 1958 at the height of the Cold War, CND has been a powerful collective voice against the dangers of nuclear weapons.
CND’s greatest strength has always been its members.
Here we take a look at 60 Faces of CND,
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