- 1986-1988 (Creation)
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Based at Wesley House, 4 Wild Court, the London Women’s Centre was a thriving hub for women’s orgs for around three decades. The Centre was home to numerous women’s and feminist groups, including the National Abortion Campaign, Asian Women’s Network, Microsyster, English Collective of Prostitutes, Women’s Network for Palestine, Camden Women’s Bus, London Fat Women's Group, Lesbian Archive and Information Centre, Women's Information and Resource Exchange (WIRES), Women's Resource Centre, and many more.
From 1984-1996, the LWC housed Lesbian Archive & Information Centre, whose collections now live here at GWL. The Lesbian Archive makes up around one-third of our total archive holdings, and the LAIC library – up on the mezzanine level of our home in Bridgeton – comprises feminist and lesbian feminist literature, many of which titles are increasingly rare and hard to come by.
Facing increasing pressure from their main funder, Camden Council, to turn away from their explicitly feminist focus and instead become a more commercial venture, the LWC rebranded themselves as a music and events venue The Wheel in the mid 1990s. The rebrand was ultimately unsuccessful and Wesley House closed around 2000 (date unconfirmed).
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Administrative and operational records for London Women’s Centre at Wesley House, 4 Wild Court, London. Includes: leaseholders’ correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes (including dispute over Wesley House anti-racist policy, dispute over use of space by mixed-gender theatre company); circular memos; flyers for events, campaigns and meetings (including International Wages for Housework Campaign leaflet); LWC health & safety policy; and related material.
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Some material may be closed to public consultation; please consult the Archivist.
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- Wages for Housework (Subject)
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Created Summer 2021