Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Collection

A collection of correspondence and business papers relating to the administrative history and activities of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) between the years 1956-60.


About the Scottish CND

In November 1957, the author J.B. Priestly had written an article in The New Statesman entitled 'Britain and the Nuclear Bomb' which had provoked a massive response. As information about the dangers of radioactive fallout from nuclear testing increased, pressure groups emerged whose aim was to prevent these tests taking place.

The Edinburgh Council for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons Tests (ECANWT) was formed by a group of staff and parents at the Rudolf Steiner School in Edinburgh; founder members included Denis Carrabine and Ronald Macintosh. The earliest reference to ECANWT in the collection is a letter from ECANWT to The Scotsman on 5 or 6 April 1957, one of several which ECANWT wrote to this newspaper. The publication of this correspondence resulted in many letters of support. The group organised a public meeting in the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 24 February 1958. The Scottish CND was formed in Edinburgh in March 1958.


About the collection

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SCND materials on display

The collection of about 450 items dates from the years 1956 to 1960. It includes correspondence and other business papers relating to the administrative history and activities of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). The correspondence discusses the many activities that the SCND were involved in, including meetings, marches, and exhibitions.


Finding aid

SCND collection listing (PDF, 717KB)


Further reading

Find out more about the organisation on the SCND website.

View images on the SCRAN website.


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