Discussing a draft of a city peace trail leaflet a Balsall Heathan made an intriguing reference to the ‘hidden peace history’ of the city – often hidden due to demolition.

The only instance that comes to mind now is the Peace Centre (June 1969 to June 1985) – an alternative book shop at 18 Moor Street, Queensway. Another Balsall Heathan said that the prime mover was Peter Kirby (below with Neil Matthew,1977). Where are they now?

Peace Centre 2 - 1977

The bookshop stocked many peace, political and gender-related publications and hosted several peace groups until it closed and – in the early 70s – , which then acquired its own premises.

Can readers send any other news of the city’s ‘hidden peace history’?

 

 

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