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Voices of Conscience

A new resource for understanding a lesser-known history of World War I and its relevance to peace-making in contemporary society. 
These moving films give a chance for ordinary people to tell their personal story, accompanied by old photographs and illustrations from the period. Each of the six films lasts less than five minutes and can be watched separately or as a series. You can choose to watch the stories in English or Welsh.
The films are accessible for all ages. They are ideal for Key Stage 2 and 3 and are accompanied by teachers’ notes.
They are available on Vimeo (opens in a new window), or a single DVD accompanied by the notes, or at www.breakingbarriers.org.uk (with downloadable notes). These materials are available now. Each school in Wales is receiving a free copy. Further copies are available priced £5. Email info@breakingbarriers.org.uk to order a copy. 
This is a South Wales Area Meeting project of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). 

Related Materials

This introduction was delivered on 15 May 2014 at the launch of the Quakers in Britain World War I project.

This teaching resource uses original letters and photographs about the Friends Ambulance Unit. It offers relevant historical information to help children think carefully about the past.

This teaching resource uses original letters, leaflets and photographs about conscientious objection. It offers relevant historical information to help children think carefully about the past.

Screenshot of Watford's quiet heroes film

Watford Quakers tell the dramatic and largely forgotten stories of some of the men who refused to fight in WWI.

National expenditure on war and for all other purposes poster

Stories of conscience explores the dilemmas facing those who followed their conscience in response to World War I. Using original and archive material, students of Bootham School York and relatives of WWI conscientious objectors tell the stories of ordinary people confronted by the decision to fight, volunteer for alternative service or register a conscientious objection to military service. 

Man in uniform shouting at man not in uniform

We will not fight is a short play. It tells the story of Bert Brocklesby's experience as a conscientious objector.

Taking a stand in WWI

This short film tells the story of an almost forgotten gathering of conscientious objectors in World War I.

WWI newspapers featuring historic and original articles. 1914, 1915 and 1916 editions available to download or order a free hard copy.

A timeline of WWI events from 1914 to 1918. Available to view online or download as a PDF.

'A Subtle Resistance: Scraps from a Bootham Diary in the Great War' is a play by Bootham School York.