Alexander Ferguson Skedd appeared for a local tribunal and asked for total exemption stating: “I have a conscientious objection in taking part in any military duty and object to taking the military oath and to what it implies as I could not act in accordance with the oath due to the nature of my claim… Continue reading Alexander Ferguson Skedd
Less than two weeks after gaining unanimous approval from a key City of Edinburgh Council committee, we launched a campaign to raise £149,500 needed to complete the Opposing War Memorial. We need to raise the money to complete technical drawings, cast the sculpture in bronze and install it in Princes St Gardens by August 2019,… Continue reading Opposing War Memorial Fundraising Campaign Launched
Our proposal for a Memorial to Conscientious Objectors and all who oppose war has been enthusiastically approved by the Transport and Environment Committee of the City of Edinburgh. Edinbrugh Peace & Justice Centre Coordinator Brian Larkin outlined why there should be a Memorial to COs in Princes St Gardens. Artist Kate Ive, who created the design… Continue reading Opposing War Memorial Gets Green Light from Council Committee
The aspiration to create a memorial to COs arose with the centenary of the First World War. We noted that there are memorials to COs in London and other places but not yet in Scotland’s capital city. Conscientious objection and opposition to War is a significant part of Scotland’s history. 80,000 people marched to oppose… Continue reading Why We Need a Memorial to Conscientious Objectors in Princes St Gardens
On the 15th of May, following the fourth annual International Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil the Opposing War Memorial design was launched at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh. An engaged audience of more than sixty people packed the room to hear a presentation by Edinburgh based artist Kate Ive on the design concept, and to find… Continue reading Opposing War Memorial Design Launched on Conscientious Objectors Day
On 15 May the Opposing War Memorial design will be revealed at a launch event following the International Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil in Edinburgh. Opposing War: Memorial Design Launch 15 May. 6:30 – 8pm. Doors 6:10pm for a cup of Tea Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St., Edinburgh EH1 2JL Registration is suggested by not… Continue reading Conscientious Objectors’ Memorial Design Launch
The appearance of the CO memorial is timed to coincide with the culmination of more than four years of national reflection on the First World War – that is, the centenary of the end of the First World War for COs who were imprisoned until April 1919 - and to carry its message forward indefinitely… Continue reading Why now?