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CND

Gerald Holtom1958

The symbol that would become synonymous with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) was first brought to wide public attention on the Easter weekend of 1958 during a march from London to Aldermaston in Berkshire, the site of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment. The demonstration – the first large-scale anti-nuclear march of its kind – was organized by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC), one of several smaller groups in the UK that would go on to form CND. Some 500 symbols were held aloft by protesters as they walked the 52 miles from Trafalgar Square, which suggests that the organizers were aware of the need for both political and visual impact.

The fact that, in the form of Gerald Holtom, they ...

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