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