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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.

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Administrative records

Material relating to A Woman’s Place (AWP) collective [not related to Woman’s Place UK]. Includes meeting agendas and minutes, incoming and outgoing correspondence, research questionnaires (all 1978-1979). Also includes a flyer for an all-women’s cruise as a benefit for Positively Women and Sheba feminist publisher [c.1980s?].

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Correspondence

Folder of incoming and outgoing correspondence for A Woman’s Place (AWP) collective. Correspondents include: Health Secretary (re hospital closures); Omagh Prison; Guildford Area Unemployed People’s Centre; Barking Abbey Comprehensive; Lesbian And Gay Employment Rights (LAGER); Wandsworth Women’s Aid; British Council; Spare Rib; Arab Women’s Group; Asian Women Writers Workshop; Pearl Barley (vegetarian catering); Women’s Rape Action Group; Sisters Against Disablement; The Feminist Archive; Campaign to Improve London’s Transport; Hounslow Trade Union & Support Centre for the Unemployed; Cromer Street Women’s Centre; Pregnancy Advisory Service; Greater London Council; Mental Health Advisory Service.

Also includes: ‘Women & Abortion’ pamphlet from Women’s Abortion & Contraception Campaign (n.d.); flyer for Women & Policing Conference (n.d.); programme for ‘Women and Unemployment: A conference for unemployed women and women workers at centres for the unemployed in the South East; programme for Conference of Women Theatre Directors and Administrators; Women’s Action on Policing programme for weekend event; and related material.

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Funding

Material relating to grants and funding for A Woman’s Place (AWP), including meeting minutes and correspondence from the Voluntary Sector Forum, London Boroughs Grants Committee, London Voluntary Service Council, and AWP budget for 1985/6.

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Membership and events

Material relating to membership and events for A Woman’s Place (AWP). Includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, completed membership/affiliation forms, and material (programme and minutes) relating to International Women’s Day 1981 events.

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Press cuttings

Press cuttings relating to the death of Diane Merritt, [a lesbian in a heterosexual marriage, who allegedly plotted to murder her husband and was subsequently killed in a struggle with a friend; the friend was later acquitted of her murder].

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Women and Housing subgroup

Material relating to Women & Housing group [a subgroup of AWP]. Includes incoming correspondence from interested women and women’s groups from across the UK, Women & Housing meeting minutes, questionnaire on statutory homes and hostels for single adults, meeting minutes for London Borough of Haringey Housing Committee (1978), and related material.

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