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70 years after the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, After Hiroshima was a community oral history and performance project which was rooted in interviews with people about their reactions to this harrowing event in 1945 and their memories of the subsequent period during which the CND and peace movement was formed. The information that our team uncovered was creatively interpreted, turned into a script and performed in London as a means to commemorate the traumatic event.

Initial reports of the destruction caused by the bomb were censored but afterwards the full effects, including radiation sickness, became more widely known. In the UK, politicians, philosophers, scientists and church leaders united to campaign against nuclear weapons with peaceful protests, marches, music and artwork among the responses.

Between 2015 - 2016, our volunteer research team have learnt how people received the news of 'the bomb', what reaction came from people living in the UK and how families of British servicemen who had served in the Far East, or had been prisoners of war under the Japanese, felt at the time. The project examined the period up to October 1963 when an international Test Ban Treaty was signed by the United States, the UK and the then Soviet Union. The early days and protests by the peace movement have also been explored.

The testimonies and research have been gathered by a dedicated team of over two hundred volunteers and then disseminated through a series of prepping workshops, shared internally through a number of events and has formed the basis of a new script, by writer Sarah Woods, which was performed by an intergenerational, community group in March 2016 at Dilston Grove gallery in Southwark. The project has also formed the basis of training workshops and support pack for teachers. The archive of information uncovered will be shared with the Hiroshima Peace Museum. We are currently in the process of uploading the interview transcripts and research which you can access by clicking here.

This project formerly ran alongside Bubble’s Grandchildren of Hiroshima project, which saw local children in Hiroshima interview Hibakusha, or survivors of the atomic bomb. This project culminated in an intergenerational, community performance in Hiroshima & Tokyo in August 2015, to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima. You can read more about the Grandchildren of Hiroshima project by clicking here.  

After Hiroshima is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

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