In Britain after WW1 many of the memorials that were built were called ‘peace memorials’ but have, over time, become almost universally known as ‘war memorials’. They were not commemorating peace as much as expressing a hope that a better, 'peaceful' world would result from all that carnage. We know what happened to that hope.

Unlike war memorials the peace memorials we look at here are few and far between and many are ephemeral. Some you may not even recognise as a 'memorial' but what they have in common is a desire to express the urgent need for new approaches to the problem of war and a broader view of what peace means - or can mean.

Memorials are about preserving memory - beliefs and values - but they are also about promoting values and visions for the future. It is in this that peace memorials are at their best.