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Walker, Brian W.


Biographical Note

Brian W. Walker was born in 1930. Along with several colleagues, he helped to found the New Ulster Movement (NUM) in 1969. The purpose of this group was not to create a new political party, but to provide a platform for non-partisan, non-sectarian solutions to the emerging Troubles in Northern Ireland. In 1970, the Alliance party grew out of the NUM, although Walker never joined. He remained in the NUM until 1973-4, when he became the head of Oxfam. Walker was also involved in other activist groups that promoted peace in Northern Ireland. These groups included the United Nations Association of the UK, Peace Point, the Corrymeela Centre, and the Movement for Peace. In his personal life, Walker was a lifelong Methodist until his conversion to Quakerism in 1972.

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New Ulster Movement records

Abstract Records documenting the political advocacy organization New Ulster Movement and its efforts to promote peace in Northern Ireland through moderate policies between 1969-1978. The bulk of the documents were created or collected by founding chairman Brian W. Walker and supplemented by those of early treasurer Cecil Hull. Materials include correspondence; constitutions and memoranda of agreement; financial records; meeting minutes; newspaper clippings; notes; photographs; position papers; press...
Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. One audio cassette has been digitally copied; all original media was retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Dates: 1940 - 2008; Majority of material found within 1969 - 1973