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Still wading through the vast expanse of CND material.
Sorting through reams of minutes and annual conference papers, it’s sometimes easy to forget how passionately people have felt about the issue of nuclear disarmament over the last 50 years, and the lengths to which they were prepared to go to achieve it. Tackling some particularly mouldy boxes the other day, I stumbled across a welcome corrective to that.
The documents I unearthed date from the 1950s and early 1960s, and alongside early CND material include papers of the Direct Action Committee and the Committee of 100. A particularly exciting discovery, and completely new to me, are the records of the National Council for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons Tests, an early anti-nuclear pressure group which preceded, and in many ways paved the way for, CND.