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Archif Menywod Cymru / Women’s Archive of Wales, which was founded in 1997, aims to raise the profile of women’s history in Wales and works to preserve the documents which tell their story. We run projects to seek out and rescue the papers and other records which might otherwise be lost, and record people’s precious memories for present and future generations. The papers, photos and documents we collect are deposited in the county archives throughout Wales, and the National Library of Wales, where they are professionally cared for and are available for all to see. Our website includes a selection of images and memories. We organise events and conferences which provide a forum for anyone interested in women’s history in Wales to discover and share this great heritage. Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive of Wales is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. We depend on our members’ subscriptions, and on donations and grants to finance our work.
The Feminist Archive has two locations – Leeds (Feminist Archive North) and Bristol (Feminist Archive South).
The Feminist Archive North houses collections on women, women’s movements, organisations, groups, conferences, research interviews, audio-visual and ephemera from 1969 onwards from the North of England, the UK, Europe and worldwide. It holds over 1700 local, regional and inter/national feminist newsletters, journals and pamphlets, many unique to the FAN collection. These include material on family, health, employment and other social policy issues, the arts, media, militarism and peace, lesbians, women’s studies, women’s aid, local women’s centres, criminal justice, men’s violence against women and girls, and the politics of the WLM. Our aim is to spread information and develop current and further activism.
Since 1975, when it first came into being to support the work of the Women’s Liberation Movement, The Feminist Library in London, has continued to collect, safeguard, disseminate and produce a range of feminist literature and reference material that supports today’s campaigners and those in search of material that might otherwise have been, lost, forgotten, side-lined or suppressed.
Our Collection is a heritage asset, with around 7,000 books and 1,500 periodical titles – mostly from the period between the 1960s and the 1990s – that attracts thousands of visitors from London, across the UK, and around the world through its doors each year.
It remains at the forefront of feminism, helping set tomorrow’s agenda of activism and equality by methodically preserving the past, as well as providing an inclusive space for activist, feminist and educational activity. The Library hosted more than 20 visitor groups in 2016, including school and university groups interested in learning about and exploring the collections, as well as 23 regular user groups, utilising the space for education, project development and activism.
Glasgow Women’s Library is an award-winning Accredited Museum housing a lending library, archive collections and museum artifacts that celebrate the lives and achievements of women. Set up in 1991, it is unique in Scotland and delivers several innovative projects as well as programmes of events, learning opportunities and other activities to diverse audiences all over Scotland. It also houses the national Lesbian Archives which relocated to Glasgow in 1995.
The library at Nottingham Women’s Centre houses a collection of feminist and LGBT fiction and non-fiction including books, magazines, periodicals, pamphlets and campaign materials. It also has a collection of archive material covering the time period from 1970s onwards, mostly specific to Nottingham but also from around the country. The library, which originally started in the 1980s, is set to relaunch as a lending library and resource centre at the end of 2014 and will also have an online catalogue.
Please note that Nottingham Women’s Centre is a women only space and therefore the library is only accessible to women. Please also note that the library is on the top floor and we do not have a lift, however we will always endeavor to accommodate your needs where possible. We are open and committed to supporting feminist research, community and activist projects and any woman is welcome to drop in and use the library.
WoLAN is a history project tracing the origins of the women’s liberation movement in Nottingham through the 1960’s,70’s and 80’s. This was an extraordinary period of our history which has shaped some of the basic rights and freedoms that women enjoy today. The project captures and celebrates their stories through oral history recordings, films and art work.
The Women’s Art Library began as an artists’ initiative that developed into an arts organization publishing catalogues and books as well as a magazine from the early 1980s to 2002. The main purpose however was to provide a place for women artists to deposit unique documentation of their work. WAL collected personal files that functioned together as an alternative public space to view and experience women’s art. Thousands of artists from around the world are represented in some form in this collection.
As part of Goldsmiths Library Special Collections, the Women’s Art Library continues to collect slides, artist statements, exhibition ephemera, catalogues, and press material in addition to audio and videotapes, photographs and CD-Roms.
The Women’s Liberation Music Archive is a feminist, independent, not-for-profit project set up in 2011 which documents and celebrates the history, wealth and legacy of 1970 and 80s’ Women’s Liberation Movement music-making. Our collection shows the importance of culture in political activism and is a useful resource for activists, researchers, musicologists and everyone interested in the social history and the history of feminism of that era. In our digital archive you can listen to music tracks, watch videos, enjoy photos, flyers, posters, lyrics, songbooks, reviews, interviews, films, badges and manifestos. You can read about gigs, festivals, demonstrations, workshops, conferences. We include musicians, singers, bands, sound engineers, DJs, organisers, distributors, writers: everyone who created the infrastructure that made this burgeoning of revolutionary creativity possible. You can also visit our physical collection at the University of Bristol, part of the Feminist Archive South.
Now based at the London School of Economics, The Women’s Library history and collections date back to the stories of the suffragettes and The Library of the London Society for Women’s Service in 1926. It had two aims: to preserve the history of the women’s movement, and to provide a resource for newly enfranchised women to enter public life. The Library was renamed the Fawcett Library in 1957 and The Women’s Library in 2002. It was moved to the LSE in 2013.
This archive includes information on oral history interviewees (biography, photos, gallery of archival images, extracts from interviews, bibliography, topics list of subjects covered in interview). It also has drop down lists of Companies alphabetically and by Areas of Work (e.g. women’s companies, community companies). A number of these Company names link to web pages detailing the history of the company: artistic policy, personal statements by originators, extracts from reviews, production lists with cast and dates where known. We hope to increase the numbers of these in the future. There are also list of Individuals, Organisations/ Events, Shows, Venues. A further section details physical archives holding material from the movement and related oral history projects. There is also an online shop, an e-newsletter and press archive and details of exhibitions, talks, readings and workshops available to book. We also have extensive additional digital resources held offline as well as a physical archive.