Exhibitions

Greenham Control Tower are proud to offer 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.


Three Momentous Years

Running from 6th June to 7th July 2019

Thurs & Fri 10.30 – 13.30  |  Sat & Sun 09.30 – 16.00  

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.


PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

NO EDEN

Running from 16th March to 29th May 2019

Thurs & Fri 10.30 – 13.30  |  Sat & Sun 09.30 – 16.00  |  or by appointment

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

www.fitzmaurice.works

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.

www.wendycarrig.co.uk


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.

www.bbowt.org.uk

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