Programme of Events

GREENHAM: 100 YEARS OF WAR AND PEACE

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  • Tracks Across the Common: Exhibition

Click for Google map of venueOPENS SEPTEMBER 27 2017

West Berkshire Museum

Celebrating Greenham Trust’s 20th anniversary since the former RAF airbase was returned to nature. This exhibition looks back at the unique heritage of Greenham Common, from 1199 when the manor of Greenham was granted to the Knights Hospitaller; through to tank testing during World War I; its time as an RAF/USAF airbase in World War II; the Cold War missile the manor of Greenham was granted to the Knights Hospitaller; through to tank testing during World War I; its time as an RAF/USAF airbase in World War II; the Cold War missile base, the famous peace protests of the 1980s and more recently, its transfer back to common land.

 

 

  • West Berkshire Museum: Post Event Talks

Click for Google map of venueThis short series of special talks ties in with the Greenham: 100 Years of War and Peace event and the Tracks Across the Common exhibition opening at the West Berkshire Museum on 27 September 2017.

Tickets: £5 each – from West Berkshire Museum (01635 519562) or at www.westberkshireheritage.org/whats-on (booking fee applies)

Greenham: 100 Years of War and Peace

4 OCTOBER WEDNESDAY, 7pm-8pm   

Scriptwriter Beth Flintoff lives locally to Newbury and was commissioned to write the outdoor event script for the Greenham Trust 20th Anniversary event on the Common. Beth gives an insight into her historical research and the writing of the script, and some of the unique challenges of presenting theatre in the middle of a runway with hundreds of community participants.

Plants and Wildlife on Greenham Common

6 OCTOBER FRIDAY, 7pm-8pm

Nature and wildlife experts guide us through the natural world of the Common and its status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. They have depicted the creatures and plants on a silk banner, made as part of the Greenham outdoor event and featured in the Museum’s exhibition, which takes us on a virtual path though the gorse and grass and up close observing the creatures.

Flight from Uganda: No Sense For What The Future Held

13 OCTOBER FRIDAY, 7pm-8pm

Pragna Hay was a small child when she arrived at Greenham with her family as refugees from Idi Amin’s Uganda. She will give us an insight into the months she spent with Asian refugee families in 1972 at Greenham Common Camp and relate the story of her family’s experiences when expelled from Uganda with just 90 days’ notice.

Living with the Americans

20 OCTOBER FRIDAY, 7pm-8pm

Claire Burdett talks about growing up alongside the social whirl of the USAF during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Daughter of Arthur Burdett, Head of Transportation at RAF Greenham Common & Welford Airbases, Claire remembers barbecues at ‘The Manor’ (Greenham Lodge), bowling, baseball, dances, Christmas, Halloween and parties, and explores the cultural benefits she experienced living between the two worlds of close-knit West Berkshire villages and the glamorous lifestyle of the American military.