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

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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

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      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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      Institution identifier

      GB 1534

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      Status

      Revised

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      Dates of creation, revision and deletion

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

      Language(s)

      • English

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