From the Archives

Creative Commemoration: Putting the ‘Story’ in ‘History’

Some thoughts on the importance of telling stories as a gateway to the past, inspired by the recent BBC Reith Lectures and GWL’s ‘Voices from the Belvidere’.

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Arena Three: A network to spread lesbian culture and empower female experience

Arena Three, March 1972 In this last but not least important blog I will outline Arena Three’s evolution of content and style lingering on the most compelling cases. As I suggested in my previous post, the pivotal aim of Arena Three was the development of a lesbian community and culture. In fact, the columns ‘Paperback […]

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Arena Three: Lesbians do it better

Here we go to my third post! In this blog I am going to compare Arena Three’s editorial structure and aims with those of Urania (So, do no worry if you already miss that magazine!). Do you remember Urania’s promotion of peace and elimination of gender?1 Well, Arena Three comes out in the Sixties, the […]

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The striking visual design of the badge has rosary beads in the shape of a uterus and the slogan refers to how the Catholic Church and its followers tend to be anti-abortion on the premise that all life should be protected. Also, they tend to reject most forms of contraception apart from abstinence and coitus interruptus.

Abortion, Contraception and the Collection

It is over two years ago now that I first visited the Glasgow Women’s Library and it truly was love at first sight. I am now studying a Masters in Museum Studies, and I got my dream placement of working and being a part of the GWL. A condition of my placement is to conduct research and write a blog post on some objects from the collections. So, given my previous history with the GWL, I thought it only fitting to do my blog about the topic which brought me to value the library so much.

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alla nazimova and lady gaga

Urania: feminist opposition to the powers of ‘Evil’

In my previous blog, I outlined the aims and structure of Urania. In this second one, I think it is essential to identify and then discuss the contents I found most compelling. As I have already written, I am a huge fan of the Twenties and Thirties (ok, I also love the Tens!) and reading […]

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Urania: How to be a bad XXs feminist and a queer angel in the 20s

Gender Studies placement student Giorgia Succi shares her first blog on Urania, one of the oldest journals in the Lesbian Archive.

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Activists Make Archives Workshop – Join the Discussion

Go down in history with this free workshop which looks into the GWL’s archiving work, the importance of preserving LGBTQ history and how you would like your own history to be treated.

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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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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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Green-Eyed Blockstar poster, 2011

NMRD Object of the Month: Green-Eyed Blockstar poster

The National Museum of Roller Derby is the UK’s first permanent collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to the sport of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby. December’s NMRD Object of the month is the poster for Green-Eyed Blockstar, the first Women vs Men bout in the UK.

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