25 Years of GWL

As we celebrate 25 years of Glasgow Women’s Library, the GWL team shares their experiences of the Library and favourite items from our museum, archive and library collections.

GWL interior, Garnethill, 1991, photo: Adele Patrick, GWL collection.

Passion, Imagination, Conscience

Since 21st September 2016 we have been celebrating and reflecting, thinking and speaking about the development of Glasgow Women’s Library as we mark the organisation’s 25th birthday. This has been a significant process for me personally and professionally. I have had a chance to discuss and write about the process of how GWL was formed, […]

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Shauna McMullan, 165 Stars, Found in GWL Lending Library, 2012

25 Years of Stars

GWL’s Lifelong Learning Admin Assistant, Emily Ilett, shares what she loves about GWL and one of her favourite items from the GWL collection for our GWL 25 blog series.

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Books on GWL's library shelves, Ajay Close's 'A Petrol Scented Spring' is the focus.

GWL events speak to the Collection

GWL’s Production Coordinator, Katie Reid, shares what she loves about GWL and one of her favourite items from the GWL collection for our GWL 25 blog series.

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Welcome Home: Reading, Writing and Rebellious Women

GWL’s Adult Literacy and Numeracy Development Worker, Donna Moore, shares her memories of GWL and one of her favourite items from the GWL collections for our GWL 25 blog series.

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Come Together, Number 5, 1971, Gay Liberation Front media group

Come Together

I’m Alice, and I currently work at GWL as a sessional worker, working specifically on the collection which is popularly known as the Lesbian Archive. My job is to work with volunteers to list and research the collections, as well as to create new online and offline resources which highlight the collections and make them […]

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Some of GWL's awards, 2016

Reaping the Awards in 2016!

Let’s be honest, everyone loves some encouragement; to be told that you’re doing well. It’s a real morale boost, and at Glasgow Women’s Library we are all thrilled when this happens, so to be recognised for excellence through the winning of awards really does make our day – and has certainly made our year.

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Helen Crawfurd: Activist in the Archives

In our latest 25th birthday blog, GWL archivist Nicola talks about one of her favourite items from our collections.

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Feminist Revolutions by Redstockings

Sisterhood is Powerful!

Women were important and purposeful here, “Sisterhood is Powerful” rang in my thoughts. And that same spirit continues today, 25 years since GWL’s inception.

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A small selection of girl's annuals from the archive

From hockey sticks to Cathy and Claire

I started working at Glasgow Women’s library in 2009 as the national lifelong learning development worker. I’ve always felt GWL is a place where everyone and everything is cherished – library users, learners, staff, volunteers as well as the books, stories, artefacts and histories of women we have in our archive. I’ve felt able to […]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston (cover)

Heroines in the bookstacks

I started working at GWL in 2005, as their first ever paid Librarian. As well as being somewhat daunting (yikes! what a responsibility!), it was a dream come true: to open up a treasure trove of books to women from all walks of life. Working in a library of donated books is something special. It’s […]

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