The National Peace Council, founded in 1908, and disbanded in 2000, acted as the co-ordinating body for almost 200 groups across Britain, with a membership ranging from small village peace groups to national trade unions and local authorities. The groups were all united in their interest in peace
, human rights
and the environment
This group originated in 1904 or 1905 as the National Council of Peace Societies, but it was permanently established, as the National Peace Council, after the 17th Universal Peace Conference took place in London in 1908 .Carl Heath
was appointed General Secretary and was succeeded in 1919 by Francis E. Pollard
, who served until 1921 when J.H. Hudson
assumed the position.
Later Secretaries included Rennie Smith
(M.P.) and Gerald Bailey
Gerald Bailey was the author of a number of books on Peace, including Problems of peace
(1970). He died 12 May 1975 .
A major task in its early years was organizing the National Peace Congress; it also arranged conferences on specific issues. Arthur Stanley Eddington
served as Chair from 1941 to 1943.
In 2001, another organisation, Network for Peace
, was set up to continue the networking role of the National Peace Council.