‘the impetus for change and the influence of culture come from within, from a very deep source’ Coming to the women’s library I have found how deeply rooted and felt their values are in ‘taking this lifelong journey together in the spirit of collaboration and equal partnership’. What Aunt Esther said died in Thatcher’s Britain [...]
Alice started volunteering at the library in 2009 and now, after helping on a number of projects, she works for us as a sessional tutor with the national lifelong learning project. Here Alice talks about her journey with GWL
This book is a reminder than women have always defied the rules imposed on them, and in this case it led to a woman making some of the most important discoveries of the time, and turning the theories of men upside down.
This month not only marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of Glasgow Women’s Library but also it is 30 years since women arrived at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire in order to oppose the siting of 96 nuclear cruise missiles at the base.
At the library we have some items relating to Greenham Common and other materials from the women’s peace movement including badges, music and leaflets.
My name is Jean Girdwood and I first heard about Glasgow Women’s Library in 2006, through Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum where I am a voluntary guide. The library was looking for people to help with a project called Women Make History. The staff, leaders and my peers have been instrumental in promoting Glasgow Women’s History to every corner of Glasgow. We were encouraged to research both historical and living Glasgow Women who individually made a difference to the city both in the arts, sciences, education, politics etc, and not forgetting the ordinary or should I say extraordinary women of Glasgow who were/are an integral part of the development and history of Glasgow.
Women Make History drew me in to the library around October 2 years ago. I’d always had a soft spot for “the old days” stories my Gran would recount and hoped that getting involved would recreate a bit of Gran story warmth. I’d also missed researching since completing my history degree, and was looking to get some cogs turning again. Fairly naively, at that point I hadn’t considered the lack of recognition about Glasgow wimmen’s contribution to the city’s history. Very quickly it became clear that there were a wealth of stories about women’s achievements to be told, shared and celebrated.
Come along and find out about the Clydebank women’s history group. At this taster you can meet some of the group and find out about how you can learn the skills to become a women’s history detective.
Step One: Download the West End Women’s Heritage Podcast here
Step Two: Take your MP3 player, iPod, phone, or whatever device you have the walk saved on, and a set of head phones, and gather outside the Kelvingrove Art Gallery at 2pm on Sunday 19 June 2011.
Step Three: Follow the walk at your own pace, taking in each stop and meeting up with the group at various points along the way.
Step Four: Meet the stars of the podcast for coffee and questions at Kelvingrove Art Gallery from 3.30pm onwards.
This book is about those young women who married Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen and went to live with them in New Brunswick.