From the Archives

Invite to the opening of CLC&BLG, giving details of the date (31 October 1987), time (2-7.30pm), and location (54-56 Phoenix Road) of the event.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group: Building the UK’s first lesbian centre

Put the kettle on, will you? We’ve a group of tired women here in paint-splattered overalls, all in dire need of a cuppa! In our previous blog on Camden Lesbian Centre & Black Lesbian Group (the UK’s first and only dedicated lesbian centre, FYI), we traced the collective’s early days and their search for a […]

NMRD Programme of the month: September 2021

This is a programme dated from the 26th June 2010, for a double header between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Central Belter refers to Glasgow and Edinburgh which both lie on the central belt of Scotland and, of course, ‘belter’ is Scottish (and British) colloquialism for amazing, outstanding, and thrilling. This play on words is common throughout roller derby and their artwork, posters, and programmes.

NMRD Programme of the Month: August 2021

This programme showcases a bout between Auld Reekie Roller Derby’s Twisted Thistles and Glasgow Roller Derby’s Irn Bruisers from approximately a decade ago. The artwork illustrates the grassroots spirit of roller derby as most artwork for bout programmes is done by someone within the local roller derby community. The seductive nature of the two women present in the programme cover also help to show a typically archaic sentiment that was once attached to the sport. Sexy and tough was an aesthetic trope adopted by the roller derby girls but has since waned as the sport has become more professional and representatively inclusive.

Billboard for Yorkie chocolate, featuring image of the chocolate bar in centre and text above it that reads, 'What do you call someone who takes it one chunk at a time?' Below the bar, someone has wheat-pasted the answer: 'macho bore'.

SPRAY IT LOUD: Feminist culture jamming in the 1980s

If you’d have passed through the East End of Glasgow last month, here’s what you might’ve seen: a naked woman made of stone, crouched on a plinth, her face covered by a gorilla mask. Around her, a cluster of other artworks in ornate gold frames also depict naked women. Passers-by are faced with a question: […]

Illustration of a group of people protesting outside a Town Hall, holding placards with slogans like 'Women demand better housing' and 'No to electric houses'

Feminist housing activism in the 1970s-1980s, #3: Community organising and mutual aid

Please note: this post refers indirectly to police brutality and institutional racism & classism. Over the last eighteen months, many of us have gotten involved with community organising – some for the first time – to ensure that our friends and neighbours have access to food, healthcare, money, and other essential resources during a pandemic […]

Letterhead for Outskirts Women Woodworkers Ltd, featuring their name in block serif font below a simple outline drawing of a saw, all in forest green ink on light grey paper.

Feminist housing activism in the 1970s-1980s, #2: Building it ourselves, building it together

This is the second post in a three-part blog exploring the history of feminist housing activism in the 1970s and 1980s. Following on from yesterday’s post on the feminist squatting movement, this blog explores feminist efforts to shape the world around us by pooling our skills, labour and resources into co-operative building and design. A […]

Illustration of a row of three terraced houses with fists raised out of their roofs.

Feminist housing activism in the 1970s-1980s, #1: Making space for feminist infrastructures

Where are you reading this blog? Are you on the move, commuting to work or school? Perhaps you’re in a public space like a park or a café. Me, I’m writing this from the rickety kitchen table of my rented tenement flat in Glasgow. I’m only here for three months, so there isn’t much point […]

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group flyer. Black type on a sky-blue background reads, "Calling All Lesbians - Do we need/want a centre for lesbians?" Below this text, details of a public meeting to discuss the future of CLCBLG are provided.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group: The fight for a home

Tucked down a narrow, leafy street on the edge of Camden, just behind the hustle and bustle of London Euston and King’s Cross St Pancras stations, is the former site of the UK’s only dedicated lesbian centre. It doesn’t bear the usual markers of a heritage site – no commemorative plaques, no signage, not a QR code in sight – but for nearly a decade, 54-56 Phoenix Road was home to Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group (CLC&BLG).

NMRD Programme of the Month: July 2021

As we enter into the thick of summer, we here at GWL would like to encourage everyone to have a great and SAFE summer. Hopefully there is more good weather to come, and happiness, health, and progression for all.
Enjoy your summer!

NMRD Programme of the Month: June 2021

The use of puns, humour, and popular cultural references are ubiquitous in the world of roller derby. It is often used to highlight the brutal nature of the game and to twist social norms of females in sports.