Odds and quads

From 1981, the Women's Peace Camp at Greenham Common mounted a sustained non-violent protest against the first cruise missile site in the UK.

November 15, 2012

Sarah Meyer joined the human chain around the military site in December 1982 known as "Embrace the base". She soon became a coordinator and spokesperson for the movement, and was arrested on several occasions, notably when thousands of women cut through the base security fence in 1983. She also assembled an archive of songs, images and writing that now forms one of the most visually striking of the Commonweal Archives held by the University of Bradford.

As these examples show, the camp's leaflets, letters, newsletters and photographs often made use of spellings such as "womyn" and bold symbols of personal and political identity - dragons, witches, snakes and spiders' webs - deliberately designed to challenge preconceived ideas about women.

Send suggestions for this series on the treasures, oddities and curiosities owned by universities across the world to: matthew.reisz@tsleducation.com.

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