Greenham Control Tower are proud to offer the Tower Gallery, a temporary exhibition space that allows us to host guest exhibitions on a range of subjects linked to, or inspired by, the common and the base.

We would like to thank Greenham Trust, who support our exhibition program through The Good Exchange and The Peter Baker Foundation.



Newbury and Area In WW2

Running from 8th August 2020

Sat & Sun guided tours only (see link for details: Tours)

Click on the image to preview the information panels that form the core of this new exhibition.

In addition, the exhibition includes WW2 memorability, unique photographs and a specially commissioned artistic representation showing how the shock waves emanating from VJ Day ultimately affected Greenham Common and the people of Newbury and Thatcham.




Airborne – Living Memory

Carly Batchelor

RAN FRom 4th January to 8th March 2020

Airborne brings together two bodies of work ‘Living Memory’ and ‘Blackdown Blueprints’ which explore the legacy of WW2. Both bodies of work draw inspiration from the history of three WW2 airfields based in the Blackdown Hills and the personal memories from those involved in the war effort.

The series ‘Living Memory’ includes photographic portraits of members of the 101st Airborne who were billeted near Aldbourne in Berkshire, trained at Ramsbury in Wiltshire and flew from Upottery Airfield on the Devon/Somerset border for the D Day landings, therefore connecting the military history of the Greenham Common area with the military history in the South West of England.

‘Blackdown Blueprints’ explores the historical WW2 airfield sites and military aircraft used within three airfields located within the Blackdown Hills on the Devon/Somerset border, RAF Dunkeswell, RAF Culmhead and Upottery Airfield. Using an early photographic process Cyanotype, also known as ‘blueprint’, the work utilises the blueprint process through the exploration of old maps, and old photographs of military aircraft. The aircraft featured in the prints the Dakota, Spitfire and Liberator were flown also from many other airfields up and down the country as part of the war effort.

Carly Batchelor is a Photographer/Artist and photography lecturer based in South West England.


‘Living Memory’ was funded by Arts Council England and Making it Local as part of ‘Skills Unearthed: Art of the Blackdowns in 2013


Ran from 1st November to 15th December 2019

Rachel Cheer grew up in the 80s during the Cold War in Greenham. At this time USAF Greenham Common was the home of the nuclear missile and Greenham was surrounded by Peace women. The Common was out of bounds and we would stand and watch F1-11 planes take off and land. An area that was known as a place of possible war was eventually returned to public use and we tore down the fences. In 2000 the Common was re-opened. The Common is now a place of new life, of hope for the future of community, but also of remembrance of the time when we lived in a time of uncertainty.

Common Sites – Common Sounds captures the sound of the life on the Common, with photographs of the relics that are dotted around and the common in all its wonder.




Ran  from 14 September to 27 October 2019

Knitted Newbury comes to the Greenham Common Control Tower!  A community project by 20 talented local knitters has produced a colourful pictorial representation of Newbury and its surroundings.  Historic buildings, such as St Nicholas Church, the Corn Exchange and Shaw House can be found.

The main feature of the exhibition is the wall hanging, which measures  2.5m by 1.5m, representing more than a thousand hours of knitting and sewing. There will be supporting information explaining how this all came together.

The knitters are already working on their next project of three panels (triptych) showing various aspects of the history and life at Greenham Common, which will hang in the cafeteria at the Control Tower.

 Pam Hardman Exhibition

“You Can’t Kill the Spirit”

Ran  from 20th  July – 8th September 2019

Pam lives and works in Newbury where she has her own studio and printing press.  After graduating from Bath University with a BA Hons (Drawing for Fine Art Practice) in 2011 her subsequent exhibitions include Rabley Print, Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough, Bite, Mall Galleries London, Greenham Common Open, New Greenham Arts, Newbury (Joint winner), Frames of Reference, Corn Exchange, Newbury, Out of Place, Arlington Arts Centre, the Bath Open, Bath, White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough, Making an Impression, West Berkshire Community Hospital Newbury.

Pam also participates in the West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios Scheme, is part of the Rabley Printmakers and Newbury Printmakers Groups.

The project looks at the time-line of Greenham Common investigating aspects and issues related to the use of the common, exploring the passage of time, covering social, political and historical findings.  Using a combination of printing, drawing and etching techniques the images evoke a strong sense of a particular time. They reveal spectres of hidden histories investigating the landscape as both witness and archivist, discovering the spirit of place.

Three Momentous Years

Ran from 6th June to 7th July 2019

The exhibition ‘Three Momentous Years’ commemorates the period 1942 to 1945 and the role played by Greenham Common Airfield, with this year marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day 6th June.

The US Army began moving to Britain in 1942, with the 101st Airborne Division Paratroopers arriving in 1943. Their story is told in the TV series “Band of Brothers”. By D-Day there were 1.6 million US personnel in Britain and in West Berkshire the armed forces outnumbered local people!

On the eve of D-Day General Eisenhower came to Greenham Common and gave his famous speech “the eyes of the world are on you”. Then, on the day, 81 C-47 Dakotas took off at 11 second intervals, followed by waves of C-47s towing Waco gliders.

Greenham Common Airfield played an important role in subsequent operations. In September 1944, 145 C-47s, towing gliders set off for the Netherlands as apart of ‘Operation Market Garden, with the aim of securing the bridge at Arnhem across the River Rhine. This operation features in the film “A Bridge too Far”.

The exhibition displays photographs showing objects that remain from the wartime period as they are today.  There are paintings and photographs and a flying suit of the period.  In the Cafe there is a tribute on the ceiling with silhouettes of the C-47s and gliders setting off on their missions.


Ran from 16th March to 29th May 2019

This exhibition of paintings and mixed media by the Reading -based artist Robert Fitzmaurice looks back at the social history of the site, especially the former military presence and the peace camp protests of the 1980s.

Over the years Robert has developed a variety of figurative and semi-figurative motifs to question ideas about power, gender, childhood and identity. This exhibition advances those themes in the context of the actions taken by the Greenham women to confront patriarchy and challenge militarism. The common was certainly no Eden then but this show offers no safe historical perspective. When leaders with nuclear arsenals have insulted each other with terms like rocket-man and dullard, and the US and Russia have withdrawn from the INF Treaty the same tensions exist now as then, and deserve our attention.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Exhibition hashtag: #NoEdenGCT


NO EDEN has been made possible with support from Arts Council England

Common People

Ran from 9th December 2018 to 9th March 2019

An exhibition of photographs recording life at the Greenham Common peace camp during the 1980s

Wendy Carrig was a photography student in the mid-1980s during a time of great social disquiet in Britain.  Coal miners were striking against pit closures, and peace protestors gathered at Greenham Common to demonstrate against the installation of U.S. nuclear missiles on British soil.

Common People is an exhibition of photographs recording Carrig’s time spent with women protestors at Blue Gate camp, showing how domestic life continued around the campfire.

The exhibition is accompanied by Campfire’s Burning an original essay by Dr Rebecca Johnson describing her five years as a protestor at Greenham, together with song sheets from The Blue Gate Song Book, an original artefact from the days of protest, now lodged at the Imperial War Museum.

Wendy Carrig is an established freelance photographer known for her fashion and portrait photography.   She has won Best In Category for portraiture at The Association of Photographers Awards, and her work has been selected for both catalogue cover and poster campaign for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery London.  She has recently been nominated as one of the Royal Photographic Society’s #HundredHeroines.  All the photography on show will be available to purchase, together with postcards and an exhibition poster.


Common Links 2010

Ran from 7th September 2018 – 9th December 2018

An exhibition of a series of panels with stunning photographs,  to mark the opening of the Control Tower to the public.

The images were produced in 2010 to highlight a few of the 12,000 species recorded at that time on the Common. They were originally exhibited at The Common Links event organised in April 2010 by West Berkshire Council and Greenham Common Trust in partnership with Berkshire Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT). This was a special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the reopening of Greenham Common and also marked the 50th anniversary of BBOWT.

In 2010 these panels were exhibited for several months on the fencing that was around the Control Tower at the time.


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