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'Protest and Survive' Peace Movements during the Cold War

An exhibition of documents and ephemera on the peace movements during the Cold War will open at the London School of Economics and Political Science {LSE) on Monday 14 January.

'Protect and Survive' was the title of a long-running government civil defence campaign which was mocked by peace activists as nothing more than a public relations exercise. 'Protest and Survive' was the activists' reply and the title of an influential pamphlet on the nuclear arms race by the historian E P Thompson.

This exhibition offers a fascinating glimpse at various aspects of the peace movement from the 1940s to 1980s. On display are reproductions of documents and ephemera drawn from LSE Archives which illustrate some major Cold War events and themes. Staged to coincide with the International Conference on Peace Movements in the Cold War and Beyond (1-2 February 2008) being held at LSE, 'Protest and Survive' includes examples of publicity produced by peace organisations including the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), the Committee of 100, European Nuclear Disarmament (END), the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the National Peace Council.

The display also celebrates the deposit of the archives of END in the LSE Archives and a major new project to open up access to the archives of CND during their 50th anniversary year.

This exhibition has been organised by LSE Archives| and LSE Arts|.

'Protest and Survive' Peace Movements during the Cold War will run from Monday 14 January to Friday 8 February in the Atrium, LSE Student Services Centre, Old Building. It is free and open to all.

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For more information on the exhibition please contact: Richard Hylton, arts coordinator at LSE, on 0207 852 3793 or email arts@lse.ac.uk|

Notes:

'Protest and Survive' Peace Movements during the Cold War is on display at The Atrium, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.

The International Conference on Peace Movements in the Cold War and Beyond is organised by IDEAS and the Cold War Studies Centre (CWSC) in association with the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE and the Free University of Amsterdam on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 February. For more information see IDEAS| or email peaceconference2008@lse.ac.uk|.

10 January 2008

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