Series 4 - Castlemilk Womanhouse

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GB 1534 WIP/4


Castlemilk Womanhouse


  • 1988 - 2015 (Creation)

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3 Archival Boxes.

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Women in Profile was set up in 1987 upon the announcement that Glasgow would hold the European City of Culture status in 1990. It consisted of community artists, grass-roots activists, academics and broad based arts practitioners who wanted to ensure that women's achievements in the arts were represented during this celebration, and not solely the achievements of men. Collectively they ran a season of events, workshops, exhibitions, projects and other activities before and during the year 1990. One of their largest projects was the creation of Castlemilk Womanhouse. The Womanhouse opened during the Summer of 1990 when a group of artists, led by three graduates of the Glasgow School of Art, gained access to a four storey council tenement building in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow. The aim with this project was to free up the space for female artists and local women and children by running arts workshops, creating installations and exhibiting art. Over the course of their existence Women in Profile gathered materials relating to its activities and, after consultation with the local community and women's groups across the City of Glasgow, opened Glasgow Women's Library in September 1991.

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This series contains records created by CMW, such as minute reports, correspondence, financial reports and promotional materials (1988-1993); records relating to the coverage of the CMW, such as newspaper clippings, articles and related publications (1990-1993); photographs and slides (1990); as well as a sub-series containing records from a resurgence of interest in CMW that took place in 2014 and 2015.

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There are multiple copies of some of the materials within this series. Where this is the case, they are held together. All copies can be located in GWL's archive, in the WIP collection (Box WIP/4 and Box WIP/5).

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ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000).



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Created by Ellen Embleton, 02/11/2017




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