Other resources

The Archives Hub

The Archives Hub provides a gateway to many of the UK’s richest historical archives.

BBC archives – 70s Feminism

One of the themed BBC collections of radio and TV programmes,
documents and photographs from as far back as the 1930s.

Bishopsgate Institute Library

Bishopsgate Institute’s printed and archival collections cover a variety of subject areas exploring the experiences of everyday people, and facilitating the study of history from below. With a special focus on activities in and around the Capital, the archives and collections can be grouped into seven major collecting areas: Co-operation, Feminist and Women’s History – including Feminist Library archives, pamphlets and ephemera, Freethought and Humanism, Labour and Socialist History, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer History, London History, and Protest and Campaigning.

Black Cultural Archives

Founded in 1981, the Black Cultural Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Black people in Britain. Includes a collection on the Black Women’s Movement.

Bolton Women’s Liberation History Project

Created by former members of the Bolton Women’s Liberation group 1971 – 1986. Who have collected together the documents and objects created during those years with the intention of saving them and making them available to the public. With the support from the National Heritage Lottery fund and now housed at Feminist Archive North.

British Library

The British Library website contains comprehensive information about the Library, the scope of its collections, and how to use its services. There is a range of resources on women and feminism, including the Sisterhood and After oral histories archive, as well as the digitised Spare Rib collection.

Brunel University London – Special Collections

The archives date from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day. They are of local, national and international importance to the history of education and teacher training. The archives and special collections can be viewed by appointment in the public reading room in The Old School House close to the University’s campus. Several other women/feminist collections are also housed here.

Centre for the History of Women’s Education

The Centre provides a forum for research into the gendered nature of educational provision, practice and thought in order to provide a sound evidence base for policy and practice in respect of education for women and girls.

The Centre for Women’s Studies

The CWS at York is among Britain’s longest-established bases for feminist and gender-orientated research. We adopt a women-centred and interdisciplinary approach to the changing nature of both women’s experiences and gender relations.

Disability Archive UK

The aim of the Disability Archive UK is to provide disabled people, students and scholars with an interest in this and related fields, access to the writings of those disability activists, writers and allies whose work may no longer be easily accessible in the public domain. It is hoped that the documents available via the Archive will help to inform current and future debates on disability and related issues. The Archive includes a section on women.

East London Big Flame – Organising Women

An online resource on socialist feminist activists from East London Big Flame. Set up to make sure that women’s issues were central to the political work of Big Flame.

Feminist Webs

Feminist Webs is both an online and real-world ‘women and girls work space’ that acts as an archive and a resource for practitioners, volunteers and young women involved in youth and community work with young women. You can add your own resources.

FWSA – The Feminist and Women’s Studies Association

A UK-based association promoting feminist research and teaching, and women’s studies nationally and internationally. FWSA is involved in developing policy on issues of central importance to feminist scholars in further and higher education, supporting postgraduate events and enabling feminist research. Committed to raising awareness of women.

The Hackney Flashers

They were a women’s photography collective, was formed in 1974 and remained active until 1980. Between 1974 and 1980 the Hackney Flashers produced two exhibitions of photographs and cartoons focussing on two key areas of women’s lives: paid work, and the lack of childcare for working mothers. Their website includes both archives of documentation and photographs, as well as a list of other resources.

Hall-Carpenter Archives (HCA)

Consists of around 2,000 boxes of material relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activism in the UK. Most of the archives date from after the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957. Held at the LSE Library.

HerStoria

Looks at history from a female perspective. HerStoria web’s aim is to entertain, inform and create a community, turning a kaleidoscope on the past to uncover a different history – women’s history – and celebrate the women who made it.

Her Noise Archive

A resource of collected materials investigating music and sound histories in relation to gender bringing together a wide network of women artists who use sound as a medium. Whilst it exists as a physical archive, at the University of Arts, London, key elements of the original project, including video interviews with a number of artists and musicians, are available on the website, as well as documentation of more recent events, guest ‘curations’ and other responses.

Hypatia Trust

Dr Melissa Hardie, who founded the Hypatia Trust and its documentary collections, was born in America and now lives in Penzance, Cornwall. Melissa Hardie has been collecting books by and about women for over twenty-five years and her book collection ‘is the Hypatia Trust’s documentary base and springboard’ providing a record and celebration of women’s history. The collection at Exeter is part of a larger collection (other parts can be found in Cornwall and America); the whole comprising of ‘books, documents and artifacts that concern women’s role in history and contemporary life’.

History to Herstory

Celebrating the lives of women in Yorkshire from the 1100s to the present day including the Labour Party and the Communist Party of Great Britain.

Manchester Digital Music Archive

It is an online community archive established in 2003 to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history, including many resources on women’s and feminist music history.

The National Archives

The UK government’s official archive, from Domesday Book to websites. Includes many resources on women, including suffragettes, women’s role in the war effort, and more. Also useful for training resources for archives and libraries professionals.

National Disability Arts Collection and Archive

Bringing to life the heritage and rich history of the Disability Arts Movement. Led by disabled people and disability arts organisations all over the UK, provides an important resource for disabled people to realise their own heritage and bring non-disabled people closer to the struggles that they have been faced with over the last 30 years.

People’s History Museum

Based in Manchester, the People’s History Museum holds the largest collection of political movements materials in Britain. Its collections include objects related to the fight for the vote. The PHM collection of trade union and political banners is the largest and most important of its type in the world. The museum also houses an internationally significant political archive. PHM also holds over 95,000 photographic images covering labour history, the Labour Party and more general political history.

Remembering Olive Collective

In her short life, Olive Morris co-founded the Brixton Black Women’s Group and the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent (OWAAD) and was part of the British Black Panther Movement. She campaigned for access to education, decent living conditions for Black communities and fought against state and police repression. In 2009, ROC launched the Olive Morris Collection at Lambeth Archives.

RTÉ Archives

RTÉ Archives hold hundreds of thousands of hours of moving image and sound recordings together with significant collections of photographs, and documents, including on the position of women in Irish society.

Salvation Army archives

Salvation Army archives contain a wealth of material about women as religious leaders and as providers and recipients of social services from the 1860s to the present day.

Striking Women

An educational site about migration, women and work, workers’ rights, and the story of South Asian women workers during the Grunwick and Gate Gourmet industrial disputes. As part of this project, this website, a two-part comic that depicts the life stories of two South Asian women in the UK (downloadable from the website) and a mobile exhibition on South Asian women workers’ participation in industrial disputes from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet have been produced. The physical archives are held at Leeds University.

Trouble & Strife

Trouble & Strife was an independent radical feminist magazine published in Britain between 1983 and 2002. The website holds an online archive of the back issues of the magazine.

Women’s Arts Association

The Association began as the Arts Discussion Group within the Women’s Committee of the South Glamorgan County Council, in 1984. The group became the South East Wales Women’s Arts Association and a registered charity in 1997.

Women’s History Network

The women’s history network was set up in 1993 by a group of women academics who wanted to encourage research and stimulate interest in women’s history and gender history in the south west of Britain. The more recent incorporation of “South Wales” into the title of the Network reflects the increasing involvement of members from that part of the region.

Women and Marxism

This subject section has been created to provide broad documentation both on women’s issues and Marxism, and also a space for women’s writings that are significant.

Women’s History Network

Members of the Network can log in to manage their account, view all back issues of Women’s History Magazine and submit conference notices, media appearances, new books and forum posts. Non-members can access resources, purchase back issues of Women’s History Magazine and request publication of conference posts.

WHAI – Women’s History Association Ireland

The aim of the WHAI is to promote research into the history of women in Ireland, to bring together scholars in Irish women’s history, to recognise excellence in research and to promote public engagement with women’s history in an Irish context.