FEATURED ITEMS November 2018
This month we would like to draw your attention to the material on the cluster of activities in Oxford during the 70s and 80s. In some ways Oxford can claim to be one of the first cities with a cluster of green-ness in the UK.
A local Survival Society was set up in Oxford around 1972. It was part of and/or associated with the Movement for Survival. Martin Stott and Stephen Josephwere actively involved.
A few years later in 1976 Peter Taylor and Gordon Thompson set up the Political Ecology Research Group (PERG) in Oxford which flourished through the 1980s.
PERG members then formed the Oxford Ecology Movement (OEM) with specifically political aims. OEM contested the Oxford city elections in 1978 and the general election in 1979, resisting an approach from the Ecology Party to merge into the EP.
After the '79 election OEM disbanded as planned. Some members had already broken away to form the Oxford Ecology Party (OEP). OEP remained a hotbed of Ecology and then Green Party activity throughout the 1980s.
Much 'green' activity was centred around the Cowley Road area, Annie Skinner has produced a book covering the history of Cowley Road which is worth tracking down. One significant spin off from the general 'Eco' activity in Oxford was the foundation of Green Line magazine - the entire archive from the 1980s is available in the Library.
Also in the library are a lot of papers from the OEM.
Oxford has played a significant role in the development of green politics in the UK. The Oxford Ecology/Green archive papers are held in the Oxfordshire Records Office in Cowley - part of our Autumn Appeal is to enable us to visit the Oxford archive and extract material from there.
FEATURED ITEMS October 2018
for the exhibition at the Launch Reception for Green-History at the GPEW Conference on 5th October we focused on development of the political party since 1972.
As part of this we had display panels on Leaders, Conferences and Members. These listed all of the people, locations and numbers - with some gaps which will be filled in over the coming month.
You can now see the exhibition panels online and also the more extended articles:
The history of each of these areas and the responses that happened at each stage contain many lessons for activists today wanting to build and develop the political arm of ecologism in the UK (and elsewhere)
NEWS October 2018
Successful Reception & Exhibition at Greens Conference
Over 100 people came to the Green-History Project launch reception and exhibition at the Green Party Conference on 4th October.
We were delighted to welcome Lesley Whittaker, one of the original four founders of PEOPLE in 1973, at the reception. It was a great pleasure to meet her and hear first hand some of her memories of those early days. Lesley tells us she is considering writing a book about the time, and we look forward to presenting more of her recollections and reflections here.
Site News 22nd October
The site has a new look which is considerably more "mobile friendly" for those browsing on handheld devices. As part of this refresh some menu items will have moved - we hope to more logical places.
There is a new section "Blog" where the Custodians, David and Roger, can comment on the material and implications for action today and in the future without attempting to be "objective" about historical facts. We don't envisage using it a lot, but we do sometimes find ourselves wanting to express a personal opinion so this is the place where we can do that.
The News and Updates section has been broken into three - General News will appear under Home - News on the menu. Details about new and updated articles will appear under Articles - Article Updates. Details of additions to the Library will appear under Library - Library Updates. These items may also be reflected on the home page where there are significant changes.
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In the Library area you will find an ever-expanding range of resources. The Document Archive contains scans of original paper. There are also collections of images, graphics, video and audio as well as a selection of recommended books and weblinks.
We are always looking for new material - if you have anything from the period; a copy of your election leaflet from the time you were persuaded to stand for the council, a placard from a demo you attended, photos of some action, a poster you saved, or a cache of some obscure news letter/magazine you received, then do get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org.
News, under Home on the menu, carries general news about the project, Article Updates, under Articles on the menu, lists new and updated articles, Library Updates under Library details new material added to the Library.
History is subjective and we welcome debate, comment and opinion - if your memory or experience differs from that presented here then have your say - this is YOUR history. You can comment using the form at the bottom of most pages or contact us by email - email@example.com.