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Both bodies of work draw inspiration from the history of three WW2 airfields based in the Blackdown Hills and the personal memories from those involved in the war effort. The aircraft featured in the prints the Dakota, Spitfire and Liberator were flown also from many other airfields up and down the country as part of the war effort.
The Common was out of bounds and we would stand and watch F planes take off and land. An area that was known as a place of possible war was eventually returned to public use and we tore down the fences. In the Common was re-opened. The Common is now a place of new life, of hope for the future of community, but also of remembrance of the time when we lived in a time of uncertainty.
Common Sites — Common Sounds captures the sound of the life on the Common, with photographs of the relics that are dotted around and the common in all its wonder. There will be supporting information explaining how this all came together. The project looks at the time-line of Greenham Common investigating aspects and issues related to the use of the common, exploring the passage of time, covering social, political and historical findings. Using a combination of printing, drawing and etching techniques the images evoke a strong sense of a particular time.
They reveal spectres of hidden histories investigating the landscape as both witness and archivist, discovering the spirit of place. By D-Day there were 1.
Then, on the day, 81 C Dakotas took off at 11 second intervals, followed by waves of Cs towing Waco gliders. Greenham Common Airfield played an important role in subsequent operations. The exhibition displays photographs showing objects that remain from the wartime period as they are today. There are paintings and photographs and a flying suit of the period. In the Cafe there is a tribute on the ceiling with silhouettes of the Cs and gliders setting off on their missions.
NO EDEN Ran from 16th March to 29th May This exhibition of paintings and mixed media by the Reading -based artist Robert Fitzmaurice looks back at the social history of the site, especially the former military presence and the peace camp protests of the s. Over the years Robert has developed a variety of figurative and semi-figurative motifs to question ideas about power, gender, childhood and identity.
This exhibition advances those themes in the context of the actions taken by the Greenham women to confront patriarchy and challenge militarism. The common was certainly no Eden then but this show offers no safe historical perspective. When leaders with nuclear arsenals have insulted each other with terms like rocket-man and dullard, and the US and Russia have withdrawn from the INF Treaty the same tensions exist now as then, and deserve our attention.
Coal miners were striking against pit closures, and peace protestors gathered at Greenham Common to demonstrate against the installation of U. Wendy Carrig is an established freelance photographer known for her fashion and portrait photography. All the photography on show will be available to purchase, together with postcards and an exhibition poster. The images were produced in to highlight a few of the 12, species recorded at that time on the Common.
This was a special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the reopening of Greenham Common and also marked the 50th anniversary of BBOWT. In these panels were exhibited for several months on the fencing that was around the Control Tower at the time.
Greenham, Peace Vigil
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Material brought together by Sarah Hipperson on behalf of the Greenham Women. Greenham Common, near Newbury in Berkshire, became a bomber operational training unit. Following the invasion of France, the Americans transferred their resources to France and Greenham Common reverted to RAF control until it was closed in It was closed once more in only to be reopened in , when it also became a NATO standby base.