The Collection blog

Letters from the Scottish Abortion Campaign in GWL’s Archives

Paulina writes about the beginning of her placement at the GWL archive looking at Scottish Abortion Campaigns through the 1970s-1980s.

Catherine Morrison, Royal Army Medical Corp Nurse

Archive volunteer, Katy Owen, tells us about a wonderful new donation to the collection.

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.

The Making of a Magazine, Sappho Vol. 6, No. 7 (collage detail)

LGBTQ Collections Online Resource Launch!

We’re excited to launch a brand new online resource to augment our Lesbian Archive and LGBTQ Archive and Museum collections at GWL! Since April 2016, GWL has been working with a team of volunteers to list and research parts of our LGBTQ collections. As a result of this work we have produced a workshop toolkit, […]

Thinly Populated – Scottish anti-nuclear activism in our archives

In this post we hear from placement student Hannah Grout, who has spent the last 2 weeks at the library cataloguing the personal papers of anti-nuclear activist, Kathleen Miller.

Jailhouse Block poster, Leeds Roller Dolls vs Auld Reekie Roller Girls, 14/2/10

NMRD Object of the Month: Jailhouse Block poster

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. February’s NMRD Object of the month is a poster for a roller derby bout between Leeds Roller Dolls vs Auld Reekie Roller Girls in 2010.

Glasgow Roller Derby t-shirts

NMRD Object of the Month

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. In 2016, to celebrate our new permanent home in GWL’s new Bridgeton HQ, we bring you an ‘Object of the Month’ from our collection.

Sue John with the plaque and certificate recording our newly awared status as a Recognised Collection of National Significance

GWL awarded Recognised Collection of National Significance status

We are so proud to announce that GWL has been awarded ‘Recognised Collections of National Significance’ status by Museum Galleries Scotland, joining Scotland’s elite list of must-see museum collections. This covers GWL’s entire collection of museum and archive holdings.

Women and WW1: 1914 from a Suffragist Perspective

With the outbreak of WW1 in the summer of 1914, the campaign for women’s right to vote was officially put on hold. However, looking at the attitudes in 1914 of leading Suffragists in GWL’s collection of ‘Jus Suffragii’, the mouthpiece of the International Women’s Suffrage Alliance, it is evident that the goal of suffrage was still highly relevant even during this time of upheaval.

A Day in The Life of A Victorian Woman Factory Worker

Anne Marie Shields investigates women working in factories in Victorian times, by reading Anne Donovan’s 21 Revolutions story Lassie Wi’ A Yella Coatie and The Woman Worker from 1908.