Collection WIP - Women In Profile

Identity area

Reference code

GB 1534 WIP


Women In Profile


  • 1987 - 2015 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

6 Archival Boxes.

Context area

Name of creator


Administrative history

Women in Profile was set up in 1987 upon the announcement that Glasgow would hold the European City of Culture status in 1990. It consisted of community artists, grass-roots activists, academics and broad based arts practitioners who wanted to ensure that women's achievements in the arts were represented during this celebration, and not solely the achievements of men. Collectively they ran a season of events, workshops, exhibitions, projects and other activities before and during the year 1990. One of their largest projects was the creation of Castlemilk Womanhouse. The Womanhouse opened during the Summer of 1990 when a group of artists, led by three graduates of the Glasgow School of Art, gained access to a four storey council tenement building in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow. The aim with this project was to free up the space for female artists and local women and children by running arts workshops, creating installations and exhibiting art. Over the course of their existence Women in Profile gathered materials relating to its activities and, after consultation with the local community and women's groups across the City of Glasgow, opened Glasgow Women's Library in September 1991.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The majority of the records were deposited by Women in Profile when it became Glasgow Women's Library in 1991. Other materials have since been donated to GWL by various individuals involved in the work of Women in Profile.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This collection consists of records created by Women in Profile, such as newsletters, correspondence, reports and promotional material (1987-2007); records created by other local organizations that Women in Profile collected over the years, such as invitations and posters to local exhibitions and business cards of local artists (1987-1990); as well as photographs and slides (1987-1992). There is also a large series of the records of Castlemilk Womanhouse (1989-2015).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

This material has been appraised in line with the standard GB 1534 procedures.


No accruals expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into 4 series and therein in terms of centrality to the organization.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Access through consultation with Glasgow Women's Library's archivists. Email to make an appointment:

Conditions governing reproduction

Consultation with Glasgow Women's Library (GWL).

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

This collection contains photographs which require gloves for handling. Otherwise there are no physical characerstics that affect the use of this material.

Finding aids

Catalogue only.

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Existence and location of originals

This material is original.

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Rules and/or conventions used

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



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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by Ellen Embleton, 02/11/2017




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