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Activism

Series contains 4 Lesbian Avengers Tshirt, 3 white and 1 black (black from later era). 1 file containing various activism materials related to the Pink Project (1997), invitations to ‘Outspoken’, a booklet for the the 1980 Women’s Agenda, articles and media relating to gay and lesbians in the news and the theatre. Also includes files with correspondence, audio visual, media, mission statements and general activist information; Radclyffe Hall Restoration (1994), Daytime Dykes (1997), BBC Radio 1 Lesbian and Gay Pride (1998), Kenric (1998). Series also contains, ‘Shades of August’ (1990) - a study on the problems faced by older lesbian and gay men and 4 files containing research, articles, newspaper cuttings and material relating to gay and lesbian news and activism, feminist liberation, feminist revolution within the mainstream and gay and lesbian media. Including cuttings from The Guardian, Pink paper, Women’s Liberation, Frontlines, London Women in the 80’s, The Lawyer, Paddington Mercury, Feminist Review, Gay Times, The Second Half, Diva and more.

Records of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Series contains material relating to the establishment, management, activities, and eventual closure (c.1996) of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group. Includes meeting agendas and minutes, newsletters, annual reports, correspondence, flyers, posters, leaflets, press cuttings, message books, workers' logbooks, commissioned research, and more.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Writing

Series includes printed, typed and handwritten materials including drafts, correspondences and newspaper clippings regarding the writing of Forster (sometimes named Mackenzie). This includes 1 file titled ‘Jackie Novel’ containing 2 drafts of ‘The Seven Galateas’, a novel written by Jacqueline Mackenzie (n.d. c.1960). Another file contains proofs, press, correspondence and edited drafts relating to ‘Rocking the Cradle’ (1981), a book written by Forster about lesbian motherhood. Another file contains materials related to a chapter called ‘Metamorphosis’ featured in a book by Veronica Groocock called ‘Changing our Lives’ where Forster features on the cover. Files also contain early writing by Forster, then Mackenzie called ‘Petal Power’, a preface to the Pink Plaque Guide and correspondence re proposals for Forster’s autobiography, sample chapters, questionnaires, article drafts and newspaper clippings, often attached to typed drafts and interviews for publications such as Pink Paper, Gay News, Kenric Newsletter, Sappho (including transcripts of debates), Women in Media,Women’s Equality Group Newsletter, Pride UK Launch 1998, a Sparerib (1988) and several obituaries of known lesbians within her community.

Camden Council committees

Series contains material relating to Camden Council Women's Committee and its Lesbian and Gay Committee. Includes meeting agendas and minutes, newsletters, reports, correspondence, and more.

Camden Council’s Women’s Committee and its Lesbian & Gay Committee worked closely with CLCBLG and were their central links to the state, acting as advocates for women's and lesbian & gay issues on 'the inside'.

Camden Council Women's Committee

Black Lesbian Feminism

Series contains material relating to organisations for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour; Black and Asian women's groups; feminist campaigns; anti-racist organisations and campaigns; Black and Brown women's political activism; and global solidarity actions and campaigns. Includes publications, flyers, posters, booklets, leaflets, press cuttings, newsletters, and more.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Correspondence

Series contains correspondence relating to the personal, professional and activist work of Forster. This includes material related to her work in the theatre including The Royal Theatrical Fund Annual Report and The Shakespeare Globe Trust, invitations, correspondence between Forster and Dawn Airey re. a proposal about a lesbian and gay series ‘Outhouse’ on Channel 5 (1996), Sappho related material, material related the Gay Rights Act in 1995 and Stonewall organisation, reunion dinners, letters from publishers, a photocopied letter from the Prime Minister (1989), letter Forster sent to the Times re. The Times representation of Emperor Hirohito’s funeral, family letters, correspondence from a student union, the BBC and Channel 4, National Council for Civil Liberties and other activist networks and organisations. Also contains letters regarding the death and obituary of Sandy Horn. Series also contains personal correspondence such as birthday cards and postcards.

Forster, Jacqueline Moir (1926-1998)

Press

Series contains newspaper clippings written about and by Jackie Forster, regarding her work in gay and lesbian activism and appearances at events and functions. From 1955 where she was an actress and known as Jacquline Mackenzie, to 1965 where she’s described as a “‘retread spinster’ (ie. divorced)” to her later years where she was well known as a gay rights activist. Includes media companies such as Gay News, LIP magazine, DIVA Magazine, Observer, The Times, The Pink Paper, High Life, The Independent, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Capitol Gay.

A Woman's Place (AWP)

Series contains material relating to A Woman's Place (AWP), a feminist collective and women's resource centre based at the Greater London Council-owned Hungerford House, Victoria Embankment, London. AWP was active from the early 1970s to around 1986, when the GLC (who funded their activities) was abolished by Margaret Thatcher's administration; during its lifespan, AWP was an invaluable information and resource hub for women.

Series includes meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, research reports, flyers and posters for feminist and lesbian feminist events, questionnaires, health literature, and more. File 4/3 Related feminist and women's material includes a sizeable collection of material relating to local, national and international women's campaigns, including newsletters and health literature.

A Woman's Place

London Women's Centre

Series contains material relating to London Women's Centre, Wesley House, 4 Wild Court, London. Includes correspondence, annual reports, press releases, meeting agendas & minutes, briefings, grant funding information literature, women's health leaflets, flyers for women's events and campaigns, policy documents, a feasibility study for London Women's Centre, and more.

Series also includes two files of material pertaining to the voluntary sector in London, including the London Voluntary Service Council, London Voluntary Sector Forum, and material from Greater London Council voluntary and grants committees.

London Women's Centre

Television works

Series contains texts, projects and works for print and television that Forster wrote or contributed to, also including photographs, correspondence relevant to said works. This includes a draft script relating to ‘The Ladies of Llangollen’ (1998) - a documentary drama and ‘Women Like Us’ (1991) - a oral history documentary piece for Channel 4.

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