Series 5 - London Women's Centre

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Reference code

GB 1534 CLCBLG/5

Title

London Women's Centre

Date(s)

  • 1984 - 1991 (Creation)

Level of description

Series

Extent and medium

Series contains 7 files of textual material, totalling 1 archive box.

Context area

Name of creator

(c.1970s-c.2000)

Administrative 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).

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Scope and content

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.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

System of arrangement

This series is arranged into 7 files.

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Conditions governing access

Some files are closed for data protection reasons. Please consult the Archivist at Glasgow Women’s Library.

Conditions governing reproduction

Please consult the Archivist at Glasgow Women’s Library.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

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No technical requirements.

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Description identifier

CLCBLG 5

Institution identifier

GB 1534

Rules and/or conventions used

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

Status

Draft

Level of detail

Partial

Dates of creation revision deletion

Created Summer 2021

Language(s)

  • English

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