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A history of the Twyford Downs road protests of the early 90s – lots of photography and art make it both a celebration of and a memorial. It’s comprehensive, with lots of quotes, memories and discussion of the reasons for the occupation of the land. “Alongside Greenham, the Miners Strike, the Beanfield and more, Twyford has a place in the history of rebellion in Britain. Twyford earns this place not just because of what happened there, but because of what happened afterwards. Within a year of the destruction of the lovely, rippling Dongas trackways, road protest camps had been set up across the land. In time these would spread to camps and protests at airport expansion sites, open cast quarries and fields of genetically modified crops. In the book Twyford Rising, many people talk of how Twyford was the first place they heard discussions on capitalism or climate change, where they learnt about ecology and the tactics of campaigning. People speak of how Twyford was the spark for their own lifetime of activism and of how it inspired future generations of activists. People involved in direct action on climate change, fracking and HS2 are heirs to the Twyford legacy – even if they have never heard the name Twyford Down. Understanding such history can inspire us now, help us keep going as activists and enrich our understanding of the times we live in.”
Author: Beynon, Helen & Chris Gillham Year: 2020 ISBN: 9781838063443 Pages: 176 Language: English Publisher: Sarsen Press Publisher's city: