PRESS RELEASE: BOLTON WOMEN MAKE HISTORY
The Women’s Liberation Movement didn’t only happen in London . In the 1970s and 1980s, Bolton had one of the most active Women’s Liberation groups in the country. With the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the records from those days have been gathered together and catalogued and an oral history of the memories of local feminists has been recorded.
On Friday July 31st, this unique archive will be formally handed over to The Feminist Archive North, based in the Brotherton Library at Leeds University. It will be welcomed by Pro-Vice Chancellor Vivien Jones and Professor Jalna Hanmer.
Professor Hanmer said “This is an important and very welcome addition to our archive. The range of documentation and personal memories covering many years will be of great value to students and researchers in the future.”
The archive contains photographs, play scripts, letters to and from local MPs, newspaper articles, minute books, copies of the Bolton Women’s Health Guide put together in the mid 1970s and much more. Copies of the documents and of the oral history will also be placed in the Bolton Libraries Archive for local people to consult. Some of it is readily available on our web site at: www.bolton-womens-liberation.org and we are compiling a CD for use in local schools and colleges.