Echo Chamber

 Echo Chamber is a free exhibition at Friends House, Euston from 18 August to 2 September. Open daily, 11.00am till 4.00pm, except Bank Holiday Monday.

The free exhibition marks the centenary of the Military Service Act, which brought in both conscription and the right to refuse to fight, on the grounds of conscience.  Quaker MPs worked to get the conscience clause into the Act.  Quakers were among 16,000 conscientious objectors in WWI.

Conscientious objection to military service is now recognised as a human right at United Nations and European levels although not all countries yet apply the law.

The artists will give talks at 2.00pm on Saturday 27 August.

For more information click here.

Family photos feature in Echo Chamber. Several generations came to mark the COs’ principled stand.  Donald Saunders spoke of his father and uncle’s courts martial and hard labour in prison, as well as the insults and vilification suffered by his mother.

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