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.

Glasgow Women's Library on Hill Street

A silver lined 25th year

Our 25th year has truly been celebratory and silver lined. From September 2016 to September 2017 we have made space and time for reflections, unearthing and showcasing our history, and reconnecting with people who have helped us grow from a grassroots project in the humblest of premises to a Recognised Collection with over 20 staff housed in a beautiful multi award winning building.

Exhibition Set up for She Made the Library

She Made the Library: Behind the Scenes

Go behind the scenes of our She Made the Library exhibition with project intern Agnes Checka

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, […]

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.