British civilian involved with Greenham Common Peace Camp 1982-1992
REEL 1 Recollections of life in Surrey, from 1939: outbreak of war; attitude towards war; impact of war on life in Surrey; reasons for joining Women's Royal Naval Service <WRNS>. Recollections of period with WRNS, from 6/1944: recruitment procedure; routine; social life; air raids; training; attitude of men towards WRNS; promotion to Petty Officer; impact of WW2 on women's emancipation; pay and social life. Recollections of civilian life, 1945-1982: desire to attend Royal Vetinary College; marriage; lack of knowledge of contraception; lack of interest in women's issues.
REEL 2 Continues: awareness of nuclear threat; learning of women's anti-nuclear march to Greenham Common. Recollections of period of involvement with Greenham Common Peace Camp: first visit to camp, 1/1982; description of camp; living conditions; attitude towards involvement in Greenham Common; attitude of husband towards her role at camp; women only rule of camp; feminists at camp; living conditions, accommodation; treatment of women by soldiers at base; latrines; weather conditions; support from local people; care of children at camp.
REEL 3 Continues: children at camp; sanitation; lack of structure/hierarchy; financial situation; decision of government to change by-laws on common and successful High Court action by women from camp; story of her arrest; question of Police behaviour towards Greenham women; attitude of British troops at base towards Greenham women; non fraternization rule for US troops at base; question of 'attack' on Michael Heseltine on visit to Newbury.
REEL 4 Continues: question of police behaviour; attitude of local people towards Greenham women; story of visit of Marshall Island women to talk about birth of deformed babies due to nuclear fallout; relations between women on camp and morale; impact of evictions on morale; description of 'embrace the base' event, 12/1982; story of dancing on the silos in base; question of maintaining non-violent stance; relations between CND and Greenham women; support for Greenham women by Bruce Kent; arrival of Cruise missiles at base, 11/1983 and formation of cruisewatch.
REEL 5 Continues: role of cruisewatch; tracking route of convoys; attempting to prevent convoys of cruise missiles from reaching base; impact of arrival of missiles on camp; methods of making life difficult for troops; increase in military and police presence; mysterious illness of some women; suspicion that women were being bombarded with microelectronic rays; involvement with research into microelectronic rays; question of CIA use of microelectronic rays on humans in US.
REEL 6 Continues: symptoms experienced by daughter after period at camp; physical and mental problems of Greenham women; lack of media interest in suspected use of rays on women at Greenham; difficulty obtaining proof of use of rays; violent attempts to intimidate Besly; difficult relations between Greenham women and eventual split, late 1980s; misrepresentation of Greenham women by media; continuing medical problems of Greenham women; attitude towards plans for disarmament.
REEL 7 gradual removal of cruise missiles; continuation of camp after missiles had gone; impact of Greenham experience on life; difficulties in adhering to non-violence; impact of Greenham on women's movement; current situation at Greenham; question of whether Greenham has inspired women to act on their beliefs.