We have an extensive collection of papers from a wide range of women’s conferences, spanning 1969 to 2015, but inevitably it is not complete. The Feminist Library in London has kindly loaned us some of their conference papers, which we are currently digitising, to add to our collection. It’s a slow process, and will take some time, but we know that researchers will benefit from these additions to the collection.
We have recently catalogued our audio-visual collection. This has tapes, cassettes, DVDs, CDs and other formats on a wide range of topics, including oral history interviews. One item of interest is a film of the first National Women’s Liberation Movement Conference, which took place on Oxford in 1970 (pictured). We have also started the lengthy process of digitising all our cassettes, as they are now too fragile and prone to breakage to be played. As with all our collections, we do not loan out items from our audio-visual collection, but we can usually arrange for items to be watched or listened to in the Special Collections reading room.
To commemorate International Women’s Day this year we have a display of posters, feminist journals, badges, tee-shirts and other ephemera that celebrate the creativity of feminist activism over the last five decades. We have delved into the Archive to find items that showcase local activism, from anti-apartheid to campaigns against domestic violence. The event takes place on Thursday 9 March at the Sheppard Room, which is on the ground floor of the Brotherton Library at Leeds University in Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT. Join us anytime between 12pm and 4pm, to discover more about the history of feminist campaigning, and about Feminist Archive North.
This plate was recently donated to FAN. It is one of a limited series which was produced in the early 1980s by Australian artist Chris Conlon to commemorate the Greenham Common campaign.
The plates were made individually and each one was different. The motif on this one echoes themes of spinning and weaving, which were commonly used at Greenham. The word Greenham is etched on the reverse.