A new book detailing the history of Greenham Common over the years is being launched next month.
The Common Good: The Story of Greenham Common is the work of Berkshire historian and author Penelope Stokes.
It is the first historical overview to look at the common’s early history, its military use, and how it is now used as a restored environmental site.
The book will be officially launched on September 8 to co-incide with the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Greenham Trust.
Penelope said: “To many people, the words ‘Greenham Common’ conjure up an image of peace women in conflict with the police, but the common has a much longer and more varied history.
“The book describes many other dramas which have happened throughout history – from golf to glider warfare, furze-gathering to filming, and bare-knuckle prize-fighting to bomb storage.
“I am sure that readers will find it as fascinating a subject as I did.”
A book signing is being held at the West Berkshire Museum in Newbury on the launch date.
Museum curator Ruth Howard said: “Walking on Greenham Common has become a different experience after reading The Common Good.
“It pulls together the layers of activities and events that have occurred on the common, including those that have had national and international importance and those that may have been forgotten.
“The book examines the early history of the common, which is as fascinating as more recent events for which the common is well known.”
A host of events are planned next month alongside the book launch to commemorate 20 years of the Greenham Trust, formerly known as the Greenham Common Trust.
The trust was set up in 1997 to help finance good causes in the local area, and celebrations in September will include a free outdoor show, guided walks, talks and exhibitions.
Chris Boulton, chief executive of the trust, said: “Our work at the trust has allowed us to put the legacy of Greenham Common’s military past to profoundly practical and beneficial use.
“There can be few residents of West Berkshire and north Hampshire who have not in some way enjoyed the fruits of the trust’s work at some time, and they can also rejoice in the abundant pleasures of the restored commons.”
Anyone interested must register for a free ticket for the book launch, go to tinyurl.com/y9m23ocn.