A selection of items donated to the GWL collection during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020. The include a floral patterend face mask, a black and white photograph of a door chain, a roller derby t-shirt, a pink and black Womenzade badge, a bottle of perfume with a postcard of a bottle of perfume being clutched by many hads, and a zine titles Nuclear ReSisters

Collecting in the Time of Coronavirus

As the UK-wide lockdown began on 23rd March, the Glasgow Women’s Library team was already working from home. Amazingly, our museum and archive collections continued to grow. Throughout lockdown, thoughtful first-time donors and long-time champions got in touch. All were keen to preserve part of their personal histories at this momentous time.

A smiling lady in a red trouser-suit and high heeled shoes rides a bicycle. In the background a bald, white-bearded gentleman in an old-fashioned farmworker's smock is so surprised that his hat has popped off and he's dropping his pitchfork. The caption reads: "What it will come to [...] Then they will be satisfied"

Postcards and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage

The GWL collections feature a wide variety of books and objects relating to the Suffrage movement but our range of postcards is arguably the most visually arresting. Both for and against women’s suffrage, they have pictures and slogans that are often shocking and grotesque.

A black badge with the text, "Support Women Writers", printed in white.

Agnes Owens as seen through objects from the Glasgow Women’s Library Collections

Explore the life of Agnes Owens through objects from the Glasgow Women’s Library Archive and Museum collections.

A quilt, runes, cards, and a book called 'How to turn your ex-boyfriend into a toad & other spells'

Janet Paisley as seen through objects from the Glasgow Women’s Library Collections

Explore the life of Janet Paisley through objects from the Glasgow Women’s Library Archive and Museum collections.

A black and white image of Naomi, who is looking at the camera with a slight smile on her lips.

Naomi Mitchison as seen through objects from the Glasgow Women’s Library Collections

Explore the life of Naomi Mitchison through objects from the Glasgow Women’s Library Archive and Museum collections.

When we are not seen, heard or recognised

By speaking out, we expose inequalities and increase mutual understanding to fight discrimination and stigma. The majority of the objects are by activists which articulate the multiple inequalities that women face.

When we do not have equal access to health care

Women consistently report negative experiences of the health care system. Poor services, or a lack of services at all, are the result of the benevolent moral and political policing, and medicalisation of women’s bodies.

When society assigns us roles based on aspects of our identity

Women are presented with images and objects which reflect society’s expectations of our behaviour.

When we lack control over how we are represented

Women’s creative practice is treated entirely differently to men’s.

When we are not treated equally by the law and the state

Inequality is experienced through a lack of: inclusion in the political process representation access to healthcare control over reproduction equal treatment in the criminal justice system