Round badge with the slogan 'Radioactivity Fades Your Genes', circa 1960s-1980s. This is one of a series of badges and peace movement posters acquired by the museum following the exhibition 'Peace: an Exhibition' which explored the Peace movement and was part of the Victorian Government contribution to International Year of Peace in 1986. The badges explore the peace movement, nuclear disarmament and Hiroshima.

Anti-nuclear campaigns were being set up world-wide from the late 1950s onwards, with the movement really peaking in the 1970s. Amongst these general campaigns, there were some that specifically targeted uranium mining. Such organisations flourished in Australia, as it was and is still one of the world's largest exporters of uranium. Movement Against Uranium Mining (MAUM), established in 1976, was involved in campaigns against nuclear weapons and French nuclear testing in the Pacific, as well as commemorations of Hiroshima Day. However, as the name suggests, their main aim was to lobby against the uranium trade, pushing for a five-year ban on mining. However, like most activist messages, the slogan 'Radioactivity Fades Your Genes' was used internationally. There are examples of anti-nuclear badges made by Greater London Council in the 1980s with the same message.

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Medium size badge with pink background and printed blue text. Pin on the back.

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