Thank you for taking this walking tour which visits many sites associated with peace in Coventry city centre. The city’s willingness to set the past aside after the second world war and hold out the hand of friendship has given it an international reputation as a city of peace and reconciliation.
In 1944, the people of Coventry and Stalingrad (since renamed Volgograd) declared a formal friendship link between their two war-devastated cities. Now 26 towns and cities around the world are twinned with Coventry.
The global ministry of Coventry Cathedral, dedicated to peace and reconciliation and active in many troubled parts of the world, has reinforced that pioneering civic initiative. It was strengthened further by the founding of Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations and the establishment of my Committee for Peace and Reconciliation which has produced this booklet and works with the city, cathedral, and university to promote the study and discussion of issues related to conflict resolution and to organize events such as the annual peace festival held in November each year.
I hope you will enjoy your tour and your visit to our wonderful city. Lord Mayor of Coventry
This website will conduct you around the following peace trails in and around Coventry