A young woman rests on the first march, 1958


CND today is very pluralistic, both in perspectives and methods. That does not mean, however, that there have not been major and heated debates between different views within the movement. The direction of CND’s campaigning was often hotly contested. In the early years, debates focused most sharply on two issues: firstly, the extent to which CND should be involved in parliamentary politics and, most notably, whether working for policy change within the Labour Party could eventually translate into a government committed to nuclear disarmament; secondly, the methods that CND should employ in its campaigning, and particularly the extent to which CND should engage in direct action (usually breaking the law in doing so) as distinct from more mainstream campaigning methods such as lobbying, high-profile rallies and utilising famous and establishment personalities.

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