Bradford Peace Trail
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
             
   
20 Peace Sculptures J.B. Priestley Library
 
i. The Peace Sculpture: There are two copies of this in the J. B. Priestley Library, on the ground floor and in the Commonweal Collection room, on the second floor.
  Chris Hoggett created both, he being the brother to David Hoggett the first Commonweal Librarian (see site 19). The word 'peace' is inscribed on the base of the sculpture in fifty-three different languages. On the original, smaller sculpture, in the Commonweal Collection room, the base revolved to show the many names of peace.
 
A small electrical motor powered it - but the motor burnt out. Currently the suspended dove is missing from this one (would the person who took it, please return it!).
ii. After the Storm: This is to be found in the University library on the ground floor, this plaque was sculpted by Josephina de Vasconcellos and presented in 1988 in memory of Professor Ted Edwards, the first Vice-Chancellor of Bradford University, 1966 - 1978. It depicts white peace doves on a rose marbled background.
Ted Edwards (1914 - 1996) promoted 'higher education for all' and introduced a student voice on the University Council, giving nine elected students considerable influence on the academic life of the University:
'He declared to a national newspaper, on 8 March 1968: It is the duty of students to rebel (against injustice, intolerance and exploitation) but it is the duty of a university to see that this rebellion is illuminated by reason and inquiry, and not by agitation and propaganda.'
(News and Views, Bradford University, 1996. Obituary)
He was also interested in the balance of world power and the stance of neutral and non-aligned third world nations. He was a champion of the establishment of a School of Peace Studies (see site 21), and siting it in Bradford.  
   
21 Peace Studies, Bradford University
 
  Bradford
University
has a strong
commitment, endorsed in its royal Charter of 1966, to the application of science, technology and social sciences to the welfare of the community. In the early 1970's a small group of The Society of Friends (Quakers)
were seeking a British University in which to establish a peace studies department.
They found Bradford University sympathetic. The idea of a Department of Peace Studies was 'born out of the realization that an interdisciplinary approach to studying the causes of conflict, and the conditions for more peaceful societies, was imperative if we were to meet the global problems facing humanity'. (Undergraduate prospectus, Department of Peace Studies, Bradford University)
In 1973, the Quaker Peace Studies Trust raised seventy-five thousand pounds in six weeks to establish a Chair in Peace Studies and the University matched this amount. The first Professor, Adam Curle (1916 - 2006), was appointed that year. An international group of eighteen students took the first postgraduate programme in 1974 - 75. From 1975 there were undergraduates too and a radical research programme developed that has international renown.
Courses cover all aspects of peace and conflict studies, social change and international security. The Department has students from the UK and from over thirty other countries across the world. They come because of its high academic standard and also because it is a place where staff and students are committed to putting the issues of peace and justice into practice.
   
22 Interfaith Education Centre
 
The Interfaith Education Centre was established in 1983 by Bradford Local Education Authority. After some time in temporary locations - a room at Bradford College and then in Wapping First School- it moved  
to its permanent location in a former school building on Listerhills Road, some half a mile west of the city centre.
Its foundation arose as a condition placed by the local faith communities on the local education authority for the agreement and publication of a new multifaith syllabus for Religious Education in the Bradford District. This project had brought together local members of the major world faith communities with teachers, trade union officials and local government officers. Since then the Centre has provided teaching support and resources for schools and the community on the major world faiths, and on justice and peace, something vital in a multifaith city with some sixty cultures.
The Centre is to move again in 2008, twenty five years on, to be part of the refurbished Great Horton Methodist Church building (on Great Horton Road just outside the outer ring road).
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