Green History Event, Friday 5 October, 18.15-21.00 (timings tbc)

The Green History Project will be holding a reception and exhibition on the first evening of conference, to mark the public launch of the project. Green-History is dedicated to documenting the early history of the Green Movement in the UK from 1972 to 1989.

The exhibition will show the early history of the party and display a selection of material uncovered so far including music and film. Brief informal ten-minute-talks will cover a wide range of topics - how the name and position of the party evolved from Movement for Survival to PEOPLE to Ecology and then Green Party, how we communicated and campaigned before there were mobile phones, or internet or email, how the strands of Ecology, Animal Rights, Peace, Feminism, Anarchism and much more all interacted with the “Alternative” scene to create a green movement that won over 15% of the popular vote in 1989.

Objectives: 

• Connect green party members with their history and a wider perspective
• Attract and include members of the wider green movement outside GPEW to connect with their shared history
• Connect with sources of additional materials for the Green-History.uk project before they disappear
• Recruit additional people to join in with the Green History Collective taking the project forward
• Promulgate the importance of learning from and disseminating our shared history as counter to the current dominant historical narrative.

Background:

Much of the early history of the green movement is undocumented and uncatalogued. Archive material all exists in paper form, or in individual’s memories. Much is getting lost as people pass on, and their attics get cleared out, and memories fade. 

The green movement has always been very diverse – one of its strengths – but also a weakness in that there is little in the way of a widely known shared history which could inform and strengthen each new generation of activists across the whole movement.

The dominant narratives of our cultural history ignore or marginalise the green movement. As George Orwell wrote "The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.

The Green-History.UK project aims to help redress this by both capturing our historical materials and memories and by making them available freely and easily to new generations of activists as well as future researchers.

If you would like to be more actively involved in the evening or the project, please contact:

David Taylor david@earthspirit-centre.co.uk
Roger C-O roger@crosborne.co.uk 07736 74 12 68

or fill in the form at www.green-history.uk/join

"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree.” - Michael Crichton