British civilian pacifist organiser and participant in anti-nuclear march from Wales to Greenham Common, 8/1981. Involved with Greenham Common Peace Camp, from 1981
REEL 1 Aspects of family and educational background: father's political beliefs; childhood; education; university; squatting in London, late 1960s. Recollections of anti-nuclear activities: move to Wales; initial worries about nuclear issues; starting anti-nuclear campaign in Carmarthen area; reasons for anti nuclear beliefs. Recollections of involvement with march from Cardiff to Greenham, 8/1981: idea for anti-nuclear march in Britain; lack of support from CND; organising march from Cardiff to Greenham; education and entertainment on march; importance of march to women; worries about success of march.
REEL 2 Continues: public attitude towards 'ordinary' nature of women on march; decision to leave children at home; attitude towards walking 10-12 miles a day; importance of music and entertainment to raise morale; transportation of luggage and supplies; relations with police; lack of media interest in march; difficulty of discussions on how to raise profile of march; decision for women to chain themselves to gates at Greenham; demand for public debate on nuclear weapons.
REEL 3 Continues: persuading police to allow marchers to assemble at front gate; speeches given by marchers; interest of East German and Soviet press in march; reasons for replacing women chained to gates with dummies; increase of media interest in protesters; decision to make camp permanent. Recollections of involvement with Greenham Common Peace Camp, from 1981: women that committed themselves to stay at camp; men that joined camp; worries about future of camp; march to London for CND rally, 10/1981; giving speech at rally; attitude towards possibility of living at camp; determination of women to stay at camp through winter.
REEL 4 Continues: impact of involvement with Greenham on family; decision to expel men from the camp; methods of non-violent confrontation/protest; attitude of public and authorities towards camp; question of feminism and lesbianism in camp; first 'Embrace the Base' action, 1982; pinning of domestic items, photos, flowers and artwork to fence; attitude towards destruction of fence at second Embrace the Base, 1983; first blockade of Greenham by protesters, 1982.
REEL 5 Continues: relations between CND and Greenham women; international nature of demonstration, 11/12; question of leadership at Greenham; financial situation at Greenham; beginnings of interest in Soviet Union; plans to visit Soviet Union to make contact with Moscow based peace group, 'Group for Trust' (MGT); knowledge of MGT; role of Jean McOllister.
REEL 6 Continues: meeting with Jean McOllister re MGT. Recollections of visit to Soviet Union, early 1983: use of Greenham protest as anti-American propaganda in USSR; information on MGT; intimidation of MGT by authorities; reception on arrival in USSR; story of how Olga Medvedkor of MGT was smuggled into meeting with Peace Committee.
REEL 7 Continues: reaction of Peace Committee officials to presence of Medvedkor; tracking of Greenham group by KGB; cancellation of planned visit of 30 Greenham women to Soviet Union; arrest of Medvedkor and trial; acceptance of MGT's ideas under Gorbachev. Recollections of involvement with Greenham: impact of protest work on family life; importance of Greenham for women's movement; impact of Greenham on protest movement.