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Cultures of activism

Overview:

The Modern Records Centre's collections include some newsletters and journals produced by women's liberation and feminist groups during the 1970s and 1980s, some of which are highlighted through a 'ready-made' search of the catalogue. These can include a mix of articles / opinion pieces, poetry and information about political, social and cultural events.

The MRC also has a range of material relating to the women-only anti-nuclear peace camp at Greenham Common (established in 1981 and finally dismantled in 2000) - a search for 'Greenham' in our online catalogue will identify some of the relevant material.

Catalogue = This symbol after a link means that it links to catalogue descriptions of the documents (including the reference numbers which will help you to order up the original documents at the MRC).

Digitised = This symbol after a link means that it links to digitised copies of the documents.

Selected sources:

Women's Liberation Information Service and Women's Liberation Workshop newsletters, 1971-1972 Catalogue

The newsletters contain information about campaigns and organisation, and notices of meetings, social events, etc.

Women's Liberation Workshop newsletters and other papers, 1974-1975 Catalogue

The newsletters contain information about campaigns and organisation, and notices of meetings, social events, etc. They also include short articles, correspondence and poetry contributed by members.

'Consciousness Raising: A Radical Weapon', 1975Catalogue

'Redstockings' pamphlet by Kathie Sarachild.

'Women Awake: The Experience of Consciousness-Raising', 1976 Catalogue 

Pamphlet by Sue Bruley.

'Shush - Mum's Writing', 1978 Catalogue

Collection of poetry and short stories by housewives in the Knowle West area of Bristol, published by Bristol Broadsides Ltd.

'Cobwebs', 1987-1987 Digitised

Six issues of a journal or 'zine produced by the 'Women's Journal Society', University of Warwick Students Union, including articles, drawings, cartoons, poems and information about events.

Covers of Coventry Women's Liberation newsletter

Front and back covers of Coventry Women's Liberation newsletter, 1976