Oral Histories

Volunteer Filmmaking and Speaking Out

Susie Dalton, a volunteer filmmaker with Speaking Out, describes her experience of interviewing women involved with the Women’s Aid movement and the things she’s learned during her journey with the project.

Reflections from a Volunteer Oral History Interviewer

Charlotte Cain, one of our oral history volunteers, shares why she decided to get involved with the Speaking Out project and her experience of conducting her first interview.

The voices of women

Morag Allan Campbell writes about her experience of carrying out the first oral history interviews for the Speaking Out project.

Speaking Out about your experience of Women’s Aid

In this blog, Lindsay tells us why she has volunteered to be interviewed about her experience of being involved in Women’s Aid.

Women’s history project news in West Dunbartonshire

  We were really excited to hear that the West Dunbartonshire women’s history group have been successful in getting Sharing Heritage Lottery funding for a new project, to run from 2016-17. The group, who previously took part in a GWL supported women’s history project, are striking out on their own and running the project themselves. Lorna […]

Untold Stories from the East Dunbartonshire guides

  The national project visited Torrance in East Dunbartonshire one Sunday for a fabulous vintage tea party which celebrated the 90th anniversary of girl-guiding in Torrance. We weren’t there just for the cakes (though they were delicious! ) – one of the woman who featured prominently on the day was the legendary Miss Pirie, who […]

Yvonne reading from Mixing the Colours book

Mixing The Colours – Moving Forward

Sustainability is a key aspect of the work at GWL, enabling and encouraging women to take control of their own action and activism for gender equality. As part of that Mixing The Colours has supported women to write, publish and perform their creative responses to sectarianism and share their stories with wide audiences. Sharing Our Learning […]

Badges of Honour at GWL

On Friday the first in our special series of Badges of Honour visits took place in the Library. It was a rare opportunity to dive into the badges housed in GWL’s vast collection. The session began with a look at the trailer for the project. This exciting video showcases some of the oral history interviews […]

Her-story: Oral Histories from Glasgow Women’s Library

Glasgow Women’s Library has gathered stories of women’s lives for many years. As this resource grows, you will find a whole range of material to inform, inspire and entertain, from  ground breaking campaigning women to the details of ordinary women’s lives. Click on the links below to sample some of the stories we have collected […]

Oral history from women in the Highlands

In December 2009, we held a conference in partnership with WEA women@work, Women’s Work in the Highlands. Women from all over the Highlands gathered for a wonderful day which included introductory oral history workshops. This recording and the transcription below is an example of some of the fascinating stories and memories that were recorded.