The Haringey First World War Peace Forum is a small working group in north London, researching the conscientious objectors who were associated with the districts of Hornsey, Tottenham and Wood Green (now comprising the London Borough of Haringey).
The aims of the working group are to research the lives of conscientious objectors and their supporters; promote activities and events within Haringey to commemorate the local conscientious objectors and develop educational materials and activities to inform the wider public of the legacy of war resistance before, during and after the First World War. This blog is part of the activity to inform the wider public of the work, and an invitation to any one interested in contributing to the future work of the group.
In August 2014 the group mounted a street re-enactment of a local anti-war meeting that took place on 5 August 1914 out side the Salisbury pub on Green lanes. This event was well supported by the local traders association and enthusiastically received by the 200 people who attended.
All the COs associated with each of the three local authorities which made up Haringey have been listed and biographies of the men written up. The results so far have been presented in talks in local libraries and to local groups.
To mark the 2016 centenary of conscription, Clive Barrett, Chair of the Peace Museum, Bradford, gave a vivid presentation about the COs, with a choir performing some of the stirring songs that inspired them.
For three months in 2015 an exhibition at the Bruce Castle Museum, in Tottenham, curated by Peace Pledge Union and Haringey Archives, told the story of COs from Haringey. You can see our Annual Report 2016 , Annual Report 2017 and 2018 Annual Report from here. There are also photographs in a Picture Gallery and at https://conscientiousobjectionremembered.wordpress.com/gallery/ which show some of our activities.
A page on Conscientious Objection leads to a series of posts describing the extent of conscientious objection in England and the districts of north London during the First World War. There is also a Select Bibliography for further reading.
In September 2017 the group received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to run until 2019 culminating in a permanent memorial to the men of the Haringey area who said No to War. This memorial was unveiled by local councillors on the 15 May 2019.
To find out more about the Conscientious Remembered Project go to the website www.conscientiousobjectionremembered.wordpress.com or on follow Conscientious Objection Remembered @HFWWPF on Facebook.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the work of the HFWWPF by should contact the group using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.