Thursday, March 21, 2013

Story-telling - Listen to Histories of the Women's Liberation Movement

Earlier in the month, we celebrated International Women's Day by dedicating a display case in the library to embroidery design graduate Dorothy C Smith, a student of the school during World War II. To mark the same occasion, the British Library have released an oral history of the Women's Liberation Movement which  captures the stories of the feminist campaigners of the 1970s and 80s through filmed interviews, accessible to play on the website. 

The 'Sisterhood and After' resource forms part of a wider Leverhulme Trust-funded project to create an original and extensive oral history archive documenting the stories of a unique and formidable generation of women! The interviewees talk about their roles in key campaigns for women's rights, their relationships- personal and political, their experiences of adolescence, body image and identity, and their views on the diversity of the movements in different parts of the UK.

For access to some of the political images stored in the archives, use the timeline function to select the year or political movement and click on the link to view image in the pop-up box. The information provided by the timeline helps to contextualise the image and will often make recommendations for further reading which is an invaluable help when researching information on the period. Explore the site to discover the key events and movements that have marked women's strive for equality and expression.