We have a short video showing some of the items and archive materials on display a the FAN International Women’s Day 2017 event. To watch it, click on this link: Feminist archive north – IWD – 2017 – Leeds
The Feminist Archive North (FAN), based at the University of Leeds and Women’s Aid UK (WAFE), based in Bristol, seek an experienced consultant or consortium to undertake a scoping survey of WAFE records, identifying the archive collection and making recommendations on processing it (inclusive of collections care) for accession into a suitable repository.
Details are in the attached document. The closing date is 16 June.
The Feminist Archive has received a grant of £12,000 from the Pilgrim’s Trust which will enable us to take the first steps in archiving the records of Women’s Aid Federation (England). This is an internationally important collection whose records go back to the origins of the women’s aid movement in the early 1970s.
The records are in about 300 large boxes, which are currently housed in rented storage facilities. The grant will be used to employ a consultant archivist to prepare a detailed report on how best to conserve and catalogue the collection, and the costs of doing this. The recommendations will form the basis of an application for further funding to carry out the work.
The reason that there is little written about the women’s aid movement has been the lack of accessible records for researchers to consult. Although there is still a long way to go, we are very excited about the possibility of this collection being available to researchers in the future.
Feminist Archive North is one of the sponsors of the event, which features work by feminist filmmakers, made over a half-century, tracing women’s entry into jobs traditionally held by men. The films include Jill Craigie’s To Be A Woman (1951), and Sheffield Film Co-op’s 1984 Women of Steel, in which female munitions workers reflect on their experiences during the Second World War. Also showing are the Women in Manual Trades 1980 film Building Your Future, Vera Media’s Sweet Street Women’s Technology Centre from 1990, and Leeds Animation Workshop’s Did I Say Hairdressing? I Meant Astrophysics (1998).
The screening includes a Q&A with filmmakers from Vera Media and Leeds Animation Workshop, along with industry representatives Ladies of Code, to discuss the challenges created by gender typecasting.
The event runs from 6pm to 8.30pm. There is more information on the Facebook page.
This special screening is part of Feminist Archives, Feminist Futures (FAFF), a collaborative project based at the University of Leeds, which looks at the histories of Feminist Archives and Women’s Libraries: their relationship to history making and their role in shaping contemporary feminist activism. For more information, see: www.feminist-archives.leeds.ac.uk
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.