28 October 2009
SAHA develops virtual exhibition on the End Conscription Campaign (ECC)
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the End Conscription Campaign (ECC), the South African History Archive (SAHA) has developed an ECC25 virtual exhibition to document how the ECC provided a united voice for young white South Africans opposed to an increasingly militant apartheid state.
The launch of this exhibition coincides with a nation-wide series of events, throughout October 2009, to commemorate the history and achievements of the ECC, culminating in a weekend-long programme of activities at Spier Wine Estate from 30 October - 1 November 2009. Details of this, and other regional programmes of ECC activities, as well as photographs, newsclippings, posters and anecdotes contributed by ECC members, are available on the End Conscription Campaign 25 website and on the Facebook Group - End Conscription Campaign 25 years celebration.
The energy of the ECC is exemplified in the poster art from SAHA's Poster Collection (AL2446) showcased in this virtual exhibition, largely designed and illustrated by unknown ECC members and supporters, students and community members. It is hoped that this virtual exhibition will do justice to the flurry of creativity inspired by their cause, and that it will stimulate a growing knowledge about the role of the ECC in opposing the apartheid regime, and more generally, about the dangers of state militarism.
In keeping with the nature of the ECC, the exhibition is intended to be participatory and we would love to include brief personal anecdotes, reflections, materials from people involved in the ECC. It is also possible to add your views or anecdotes to the virtual exhibition, particularly if you were present or affected by the events described in a poster, photograph or document included in the exhibition. This is intended to be a living, growing exhibition so please do contact SAHA if you have materials you would like to see added to this exhibition.
Visit the ECC25 Virtual Exhibition