The striking four square-metre flag fluttered on the Bradford skyline during Srebrenica Memorial Week, in July, after Welsh flag maker Charles Ashburner offered his services free-of-charge.
Now members of the charity’s Yorkshire and North East regional board have donated the flag to the museum in Piece Hall Yard. It will be displayed as part of the collection dedicated to the history and stories of peace, peacemakers and peace movements in the UK.
The flag will still be seen on the streets of Bradford, however, as board members have agreed with museum chiefs that it can be used at future memorial community action events to mark the July 1995 genocide – the worst crime to happen in Europe since the Second World War.
Bradford Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw is chair of the regional board and got to know Charles Ashburner – AKA ‘MrFlag’ – through social media, after the business owner donated a flag in 2010 for the ‘Wage Concern’ campaign to protect the minimum wage that started in West Yorkshire. He said:
This magnificent flag looked fantastic flying high in the heart of our city during Srebrenica Memorial Week. It reminded the people of Bradford about the atrocity 20 years ago and I’m delighted that it will take pride of place in our city’s Peace Museum.
“Bradford people will still be able to see Mr Ashburner’s generous gift flying above the city skyline in future years, as our volunteers continue to inspire people to tackle hatred, build stronger, more cohesive communities and ensure Srebrenica is never forgotten.”
Alex is pictured above with Shannen Lang, of the Peace Museum and museum trustee Liz Firth (photo courtesy of the Bradford Telegraph & Argus).
The Peace Museum aims to engage, inform and inspire through the items in its collection. It stages exhibitions and education activities for all sectors of the community, schools, colleges and universities. The museum was established in 1994 and moved to its present site four years later.
Shannen Lang, of the Peace Museum, said:
“We are delighted to add the Remembering Srebrenica flag to our unique collection. It is all the more exciting when the object has its own history and has served as a reminder that the victims of the genocide should not be forgotten here in Bradford. We would welcome all to visit the museum and see it on display.”