Firebrand Women Exhibition of Items from GWL collection: Pciture Credit: Rebecca Jones
Glasgow Women’s Library
If you want to browse our museum stores and collections, this video is a good introduction, and more of our fascinating items and exhibitions can be seen online, through our Google Arts & Culture exhibits and in online exhibitions on our website – find out how we’re Decoding Inequality or explore our LGBTQ collections.
If you’ve not come across us before or if your missing our GWL Landressy Street home as much as we are, you can take a digital tour through the building.
You can listen to an audio described introduction to GWL here (https://womenslibrary.org.uk/about-us/accessibility/) detailing how to access our resources, our provision for blind and partially sighted visitors, and descriptions of the architecture and layout of our building in Bridgeton.
Women Make History
GWL celebrates women’s lives historically and today. Our Women Make History project is led by volunteers who have uncovered the hidden histories of women’s lives across Glasgow. Their research has come together in Women’s Heritage Walks which we lead throughout Spring and Summer.
These tours are available on our website in PDFs, large print formats and we have audio tours for most walks including our recent Stride with Pride LGBT Heritage Walk. Be transported around the city and hear stirring stories of activism, creativity and unsung heroes.
Artists and Writers
Every year GWL puts on Open the Door, an annual writing festival, which showcases women writers, past and present, in an inclusive, informal and warm atmosphere. Our digital festival, which took place this May, focused on the environment and eco-feminism. We spotlighted Scottish novelist, Jessie Kesson, Brazilian abolitionist and author, Maria Firmina dos Reis, and Kenyan activist and writer, Wangari Maathai. There’s lots of resources (https://womenslibrary.org.uk/discover-our-projects/open-the-door/open-the-door-2020/resources/) to explore on our website. Some highlights include a podcast on Nature Writing, Calm Slam spoken word finalists, and three FLUP podcasts with Tomiwa Folorunso. In this podcast Tomiwa sits down with Funmilola Fagbamila, the Nigerian-American activist, playwright, author and scholar, one of the original organisers of the Black Lives Matter Movement. From Rio de Janeiro they discuss activism off and online, and protecting and looking after yourself.
If you enjoy listening to podcasts, you might like to dip into our series of 21 Revolutions podcasts. To celebrate our 21st year, GWL commissioned 21 artists and 21 writers to create new work inspired by our diverse and remarkable collections. In these podcasts, writers and artists including Jackie Kay, A L Kennedy, Louise Welsh & Zoe Strachan, Jen Hadfield and Leela Soma, talk about the inspirations behind their work.
Our doors may currently be closed, but our team and many volunteers are still working from home, and we have a host of digital content to enjoy. Keep an eye on our calendar of online events .
Beyond the Library…
As a team, we’ve been coming together to talk about articles and podcasts. Last month we read this Fugitive Libraries article which spoke about how public libraries may be a democratic commons, but they have often excluded Black voices and perspectives. One of the libraries highlighted is The Free Black Women’s Library. You can hear more about The Free Black Women’s Library in this episode of the Black feminist podcast Hear to Slay. This month, as part of our commitment to action in the face of the current climate crisis, we’re listening to an episode of the podcast, Mothers of Invention, which looks at feminist climate change solutions from around the world. This episode, Against the Grain, investigates food and its connection to climate.