In October, our members had the rare treat of a private viewing of the new Women’s Library at the London School of Economics. The Library recently moved there from London Metropolitan University and the collection has stayed intact thanks to the hard work of the staff.
The new reading room at the LSE library is amazingly state-of-the-art, and is open to anyone who is doing research into women’s history (formal or informal). After the reading room visit, we got to see (and touch!) some amazing finds from the collection with expert commentary from Liz Chapman, Director of Library Services.
The highlights included a book of Shelley’s poetry whose margins became a clandestine diary during a suffragette’s stay in Holloway prison, and a suffragette theme card game, which we hope to recreate if we can! We also had a tour of the online archive, which features texts as old as the 1695 ‘A Serious Proposal to the Ladies’ and is growing every day.
Those who could not make the tour can still enjoy the collection online. The Women’s Dictionary is worth investigating.