The Collection blog

1970s fashion spread from Jackie Summer Special titled "Double-Take Cover Ups!"

Memories of a Girl Unfolding

As GWL embarks on our 30th anniversary celebrations, we’re delighted to share another blog post written by longtime supporter and donor Shirley Henderson. This time, Shirley unfolds a ten-year journey from girl to woman via a treasure trove of pamphlets. What links the Jackie guide to love and happiness to the Feminist Collective guide to […]

Class notebook with typed verse beside a small paperback play titled The Cricket Match, New Era Academy certificates with gilt borders and a book titled The Elocutionists

Clearing out: The Cricket Match

We’re delighted to share another blog post by GWL donor Shirley Henderson. Here, she voices the memories of elocution lessons sparked by treasures unearthed during a clear out.

Monochrome photograph of a woman wearing the Spare Rib 'woman's woolly' knitted jumper, squatting beside a wall sprayed with the words 'If I gave her the wool would she make me one too?'

Spare Ribbing: Unpicking the Woman’s Woolly

This Women’s History Month we’re delighted to share a blog post written by longtime GWL supporter and donor Shirley Henderson, reflecting on knitting and feminism Start at the back Going through a box of old knitting patterns recently, I could chart my life in costume: from the ‘helmets’, pixie caps and mittens of babyhood through […]

Art in the Time of Coronavirus

Over two months in to the COVID-19 lockdown, one of the joys nestling amongst the fear and sorrow has been the discovery of global art collections made accessible through the wonders of digital technology. Glasgow Women’s Library has a wonderfully varied collection of artworks, many of which can be viewed online. In this post, I’d […]

Placement, Interrupted: Digitisation to Lockdown

Paige Plannette shares her experience of her Museum Studies student placement at GWL Hello everyone! I had the opportunity to do a work placement at Glasgow Women’s Library through the University of Glasgow’s Museum Studies programme this year. During my time at GWL I had a few different tasks that I was working on. The […]

Is Pride A Protest?

Gender studies placement student Grace reflects on LGBTQ pride. It is impossible to read through the Lespop files without gaining an understanding of the fact that daily existence was often a struggle for many LGBTQ+ people. This is certainly an uncomfortable thing to create a collective identity around and while there is of course no […]

Intersectionality and LesPop

Gender Studies placement student Grace’s second blog look at  intersectionality in the GWL collections. Since beginning my Masters in Gender Studies I have repeatedly learnt not to be surprised when ideas I considered to be part of modern feminism show up throughout documentation of the past. One of the first things we discussed in class […]

Introduction to Les Pop

Gender Studies Placement student Grace introduces us to the Lesbians and Policing Project Collection.

A photo of the GWL LGBT Collections Store

Introducing Lauren, our new Archive Apprentice

I’m Lauren, the Archive Apprentice working on the Lesbian Lives project. In this post I introduce myself and my role at the library.

The Torch of Woman Kind

Zachari Duncalf, researcher, trainer and consultant, as well as a GWL volunteer, has been foraging through the archives for insight into women’s experiences of the psychiatric system.