GWL

GWL Building Sign featuring the GWL logo of a red circle with a green figure of a walking woman and an 'i' for information, beside the text Glasgow Women's Library. The sign sticks out from the blonde sandstone walls of the building, and the sky above is blue.

Our Building is Closed… But We Are Still Working!

While our building must remain closed, and we are unable to programme our usual array of innovative events, exhibitions and projects to bring to you in real life, our digital doors are open so that you can still enjoy being part of our GWL community. We are also working together as a team, with our Board of Directors, to plan as far as we can for the future, and for the time when we can welcome people back safely to our beautiful building.

Black Lives Matter

As an intersectional feminist museum, Glasgow Women’s Library works to highlight and redress structural inequalities, ensure that real lived experiences are reflected in our collections, and enact change.

We unequivocally stand in solidarity against racism, oppression and inequality.

Flup 2019 Slam poets - a group of black women photographed in front of the Flup festival logo

Flup Rio Poetry Slam  

In October of last year I was extremely lucky to be one in a small team to travel to Flup Festival of the Peripheries in Rio de Janeiro, alongside the poet Courtney Stoddart, representing Scotland in the Flup International Slam, and Tomiwa Folorunso, who was producing a series of podcasts interviewing some of the different and awe inspiring voices the festival invited to participate.

Glasgow Women's Library + FLUP: The Podcast - The Poetry Slam. (On a cream background in bold text, with the GWL and FLUP logos and a stylised image of a red bird)

GWL + FLUP: The Poetry Slam Podcast

The poetry slam at FLUP feels like the heart of the festival. In this final episode of Glasgow Women’s Library and FLUP the podcast, Tomiwa Folorunso finds sits down with one of the founders of FLUP, Julio Ludemir and some of the poetry slammers to find out more about this special event.

Glasgow Women's Library + FLUP: The Podcast - w Funmilola Fagbamila. (On a cream background in bold text, with the GWL and FLUP logos and a stylised image of a red bird)

GWL + FLUP: The Podcast with Funmilola Fagbamila

In this second episode of Glasgow Women’s Library and FLUP the podcast, Tomiwa Folorunso sits down with Funmilola Fagbamila, the Nigerian-American activist, playwright, author and scholar, one of the original organisers of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Google Streetview screenshot of the GWL entrance, with a sandwichboard that says 'Hello Everyone Welcome'. A streetview navigation arrow points towards the open doors.

Opening our Digital Door

While our physical doors are shut, our digital doors are well and truly open as we continue to rethink and reshape our events and activities, and inspire people through our unique collections – and so you can continue to enjoy GWL digitally and via our social media platforms.

Five Years book interior pages featuring Playworld exhibition, with a photo of a roller derby helmet covered in stickers from the NMRD collection

NMRD Object of the Month: Five Years book

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 2019’s NMRD Object of the month is the Five Years book, featuring the Playworld exhibition which featured items from the NMRD collection.

Game programme from the British Championships Southern division triple header hosted by Brighton Rockers Roller Derby 2015. This side of the programme is a fold-out poster with an illustration of two clashing roller derby players, with the text 'British Roller Derby Championships' across the centre.

NMRD Object of the Month: Roller Derby Game Programme

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. November 2019’s NMRD Object of the month is a game programme from the British Championships Southern division.

Inside one of the archive stores at GWL, with shelves full of pale green archive boxes. A t-shirt with the slogan 'Fight 28', and a placard reading 'Equal Rights for Women' are visible in the background.

Access to the Archive and Museum collections

Our archive and museum collections will be closed to researchers from 11th October to 4th November 2019.

Lil Rollers colouring book cover, featuring a gleeful young roller derby player leaping with her arms out.

NMRD Object of the Month: Lil Rollers Colouring Book

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. October 2019’s NMRD Object of the month is the Lil Rollers Colouring Book.