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Conscience and War exhibition

Conscience and War

Manchester Quakers and War

The untold stories of Manchester Quakers who resisted WW1

Have you ever wondered what happened 100 years ago in 1914 to Manchester Quakers who refused to go to war?

This exhibition tells the poignant, distressing, and at times disturbing stories of courageous young Quaker men and their families. There are stories of courage, stories of resistance and stories of hope.

Walk the path of resistance to war through this exhibition and reflect on the choices that men and women made a hundred years ago in 1916… What would you have done?

The Exhibition

This free exhibition will include an overview of the Quaker response to conscription and the eventual conscience clause, biographies of Manchester Quakers who took the decision to object and an installation of textile artwork by Dr Sonja Andrew. The exhibition can be found throughout Friends’ Meeting House. The building is open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. As well as a place of worship, the building operates as a conference venue and therefore the exhibition may be closed on particularly busy days. Please feel free to contact the office on 0161 834 5797 before visiting. Alternatively, you might want to pop in on one of our quiet afternoons.

Friends' Meeting House Conscience and war poster