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FREEZE, 1983-1991


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The material includes publicity, membership lists and drives, arrangements for public meetings and events, and also papers relating to the formation, constitution and changes of the organization, directors' meetings and minutes, often with Peierls's comments.

Many papers, appeal letters, draft publicity, and some of the correspondence are undated, and may be signed only with a first name. Committee or position papers are often unnumbered and unpaginated. The chronological order of the presentation is therefore tentative.


  • Creation: 1983-1991

Language of Materials

  • English

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MSS. 11619/23-24/C.1-11

Biographical / Historical

This organization, with its national offices in Bristol, had several changes of name, including (1988) Towards a Safer World, (1989) safer world project, (1991) Saferworld, reflecting a widening spread of interests. For most of the period of Peierls's involvement, however, it was known as FREEZE and concerned with nuclear weapons, and that is the name used here.

Peierls became a 'Patron' in April 1985 and a Director in November 1986, resigning in July 1989. FREEZE was publicly launched in November 1985 and relaunched in January 1989. It organized meetings, open days, pressure groups, petitions, open letters to the press, government ministers and the like, Peierls often taking an active part. Notably, he helped to organise the local Oxford Group, which he chaired and which held its early meetings at his flat (MS. 11619/24/C.11).

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom