London Women's Centre

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

London Women's Centre

Parallel form(s) of name

  • LWC

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

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Description area

Dates of existence

c.1970s-c.2000

History

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).

Places

London
Holborn

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

Camden Women's Bus (1983-late 1980s)

Identifier of related entity

Category of relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Camden Women's Bus

is the friend of

London Women's Centre

Dates of relationship

Description of relationship

Camden Women's Bus was based at London Women's Centre in Holborn.

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Place access points

Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

Maintained by

Institution identifier

GB 1534

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Revised

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Authority record created by Lucy Brownson on 16/09/2021.

Language(s)

  • English

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