Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) opened for business today in their new premises at 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP. Formerly Bridgeton Public Library, the place is described by the GWL team as ‘our beautiful new home.’
‘It is such a relief to have a permanent place,’ said Sue John, Enterprise Development Manager, as she dispensed celebration tea and cake with the Library’s motif on top.
The unique collection of books, prints and memorabilia celebrating women and their talents, lives and histories, started in a shop in Garnethill more than 20 years ago. Since then it has moved at least twice in recent years. Latterly it was based within the Mitchell Library complex in the old Anderston Public Library.
An award-winning Accredited Museum, the Women’s Library provides lending library and archive resources, performance and meeting space, workshops and creative development sessions.
Currently it is running a competition ‘Dragon’s Pen’ inviting poems or stories of up to 1000 words on the subject ‘Illuminate.’ Deadline is Friday 15 November. Last year the competition attracted more than 180 entries. Shortlisted writers will be invited to read their work on Wednesday 27 November at the new home of the Women’s Library in Bridgeton.
Further information from their website: womenslibrary.org.uk – better still – visit! It is a few minutes’ walk from Bridgeton low level railway station.
by Lynsay Keough
The 5th annual Historic Glasgow event has heralded an exciting new development this year, with the launch of the Historic Glasgow website, www.historicglasgow.org
As well as offering access to a wealth of rarely seen images of the city, the website site offers a framework for a wide range of cultural groups to come together.
It offers a fantastic reference point for families hoping to develop their children’s interest in the history of their native city and how it is relevant to them.
There is also a specific resource for teachers to be able to bring local history into the curriculum and bring local historical events to life.The website will focus on the key themes of the Historic Glasgow strategy and features links to anything from Glasgow’s medieval history to historic landscapes, from archaeology, family history to military history and history of local rivers and canals.
The City Chambers hosted the event, with various exhibits from related bodies, such as the Glasgow Womens Library, Friends of the Glasgow Necropolis and Historic Scotland.
Glasgow was the first council in Scotland to be given more responsibility for listed building consent and planning within their region. Historic Scotland are so happy with the way that this enabled both government agency and council to work more closely together, and thus streamline the sometimes lengthly and expensive process, that other councils throughout the country are now following suit.
by Lynsay Keough
Glasgow Women’s Library will move to its new home at the city’s prestigious Mitchell Library later this month, launching the next stage of a major fundraising drive to get the premises fit-for-purpose.
To celebrate the move, and to help raise the vital funds needed for their new home’s restoration – the Women’s Library is holding an Auction of Pleasures at St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow, on September 17, where guests will have the chance to bid on adventures and treasures that money can’t usually buy.
These include: dinner aboard a yacht owned by Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon, having a bespoke garment knitted for you from a selection of vintage patterns from the Women’s Library archive, and artworks by groundbreaking women artists and a behind-the-scene’s visit to Scottish Opera
Restoring the former Anderston Library-part of the Mitchell library- to the necessary standards for today’s users, means a £1.5 million renovation programme and the Auction of Pleasures is just one initiative that Library staff have come up with to raise the cash. Other initiatives include Women on the Shelf, giving people the chance to sponsor a book, shelf or section in the new Library.
The importance of the Glasgow Women’s Library collection was formally recognised recently with the announcement that it has been awarded full status as an Accredited Museum by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. This means that Scotland has moved closer to getting a new national museum, as the Women’s Library is now working towards further accreditation as Scotland’s national women’s museum, library and archive.
Sue John, the Library’s Strategic Development Manager said: ‘We are asking people across Glasgow and beyond to help us build a truly unique resource by supporting our Auction of Pleasures on September 17 and enjoy what promises to be an amazing evening of luscious food, quality entertainment and a few special surprises.’
The Auction of Pleasures takes place at St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow on Friday September 17, 6pm to 11pm. Tickets cost £45 per person or £400 per table (10 people). For details on how to book your place please contact Laura Dolan on 0141 248 9969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org