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Peace is fragile. The language we use to talk about peace tends to separate it from war, as if the two are alternative states – but in reality, peace and war often overlap. ‘Post-conflict’ can all too quickly become ‘conflict’ again. For that reason, peace-keeping is just as important as peace-making – but what does peace-keeping look like in different contexts? Men with guns patrolling the streets to ‘keep the peace’? Civilians behind computers monitoring the digital highways for signs of trouble? Women from different sides of a conflict taking their children to a joint playgroup? The efforts of a teacher to keep conflict-affected pupils focused on their school-work? The different manifestations of peace-keeping collected together in this part of our museum have a lot to teach us about peace itself.

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