Our 20th Anniversary

Greenham: 100 Years of War and Peace


"A really superb event last weekend. I’m pleased I was able to get along to see it, and only sad that I couldn’t come and see it all again on the Saturday evening!"

The extraordinary history of Greenham Common formed the basis of a large-scale spectacular community theatrical event and show, performed live on the runway of the former RAF and USAAF Airbase to an audience of thousands.

Paola Dionisotti (RSC, National Theatre, Game of Thrones) led the volunteer and professional performers in an unique dramatic event involving music, mass choirs, dance, live painting, banner processions and re-enactors. The stories told covered the history of the last 100 years at Greenham, including the American arrival in WW2, the Uganda Asians flight from Idi Amin’s Uganda and their arrival at the Greenham airbase and of course the Cold War and peace protests that brought Greenham to international attention.

The event celebrated 20 years since Greenham Trust was formed and returned Greenham Common to local people.

"..brought tears to my eyes and, having lived through a lot of the history, I thought it was great. You did Newbury and Greenham Common proud."

Greenham and Crookham Commons now form the largest area of lowland heath in West Berkshire. They are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to this fragile and threatened habitat, home to some of Britain’s rarest ground-nesting birds, including nightjar, woodlark and lapwing, as well as being a beautiful place for local people to enjoy.

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