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Exhibition, Fri 13 Apr - Thu 28 Jun 2018

The Etiquette of the Arms Trade

The Etiquette of the Arms Trade



01274 780 241


10 Piece Hall Yard,
(Opposite Waterstones) City Centre,

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' The Etiquette of the Arms Trade: Ten Years Drawing in Arms Fairs' Description of the exhibition below:

The UK government has approved weapon sales to two thirds of the countries on its own list of human rights abusers. Sales of bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia have soared since the start of the Yemen War, where hundreds of children and thousands of civilians have been killed in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition. How are such sales legitimised?

For the past ten years Jill Gibbon has visited arms fairs in Europe and the Middle East, by masquerading as an arms trader with a suit, paste pearls, and a sham business. Once inside, she draws and collects complementary gifts. Here, weapons glimmer under spotlights, waiting staff hover with champagne, beer, and pretzels, and a string quartet plays Mozart on the back of a military truck. The exhibition explores the etiquette of the arms trade through drawings, gifts, and elements of her masquerade.

Coach parties acceptedEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsWelcome Host

Access to museum: No lift available. 60 steps to museum. Toilets are on the same level as museum.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 13 Apr - Thu 28 Jun 2018 10:00 to 16:00
*** Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 4pm




    See location of The Peace Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 163331  Lat: 53.79453 Long: -1.75266

    By Road:
    From M606 take A6177 east. Then take A650 into city centre. Follow city centre signs and park where one can. Street parking is 70 metres away. Map also available on request on 01274 434009 and on the museum's website.

    By Public Transport:
    Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square Train Station are both five minutes walk from the museum.


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Welcome HostWelcome Host

    Access to museum: No lift available. 60 steps to museum. Toilets are on the same level as museum.