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Police escort marchers on the first march, 1958.

 

The fact that the issues CND addresses are becoming more, not less, ‘live’ today is confirmed rather ironically by the fact that other government documents likely to contain information about covert operations against CND are marked ‘Closed for the next 100 years’ at the Public Record Office.

As well as British government interest, the US also paid attention to what was happening in CND. In November 1959, the US Consul in Liverpool visited the secretary of the local CND group and asked extensive questions about the group and its officers. He maintained that he had been requested by the US Embassy to collect information about CND, ‘as America was interested in the strength and purpose of the movement.’

Various publications at the time also sought to undermine the work of CND and other peace activists in various ways. Danger from Moscow, published in 1960, asserted that peace actions, especially the protests at Thor bases were directly inspired by communist agent provocateurs, working on orders from Moscow. Mud Pie, published in 1964, suggested that CND supporters were a bunch of incompetent and gullible suckers.


What is The People’s History of CND?

To celebrate six decades of vibrant and powerful activity, this online exhibition displays photos and memories provided by our members and supporters. They selected the photos that best symbolised a significant memory from the past 60 years. The exhibition shows photos from demonstrations, vigils and blockades; significant sites, like Greenham, Molesworth, as well as photos of artefacts, like favourite badges, banners, and knitting.

The People’s History of CND homepage