SWOP visit to GWL – June 2018

On Wednesday 13th June SWOP visited the Glasgow Women’s Library. We received plenty of tea and cake – along with a very warm welcome – at this unique museum of women’s history.

“I had no idea that the Glasgow Women’s Library had so much to offer.  Apart from the traditional lending library there is also lots of interesting artefacts in the archive collection, too many to mention and definitely worth a trip out from Glasgow City Centre for a visit.  Thanks for a great afternoon” –  Morag Higgison,  Scottish Government Library

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SWOP Summer meeting hosted by GWL

Glasgow Women's LibraryOur next SWOP meeting will be on Wednesday 13th June at the Glasgow Women’s Library.

Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) is a national treasure! It is the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events & learning opportunities. Highlights from GWL’s collections include Suffragette postcards and jewellery, feminist posters and badges, archives of organisations such as Scottish Women’s Aid and UK Family Planning Association and knitting and dress-making patterns.

It was a finalist in CILIP’s Libraries Change Lives Award in 2017, for its weekly read aloud group, Story Cafe.

GWL has recently been shortlisted for the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 – the only Scottish museum to make the shortlist this year, and the first nomination for a museum rooted in feminism.

Our visit will start with a tour of the collection followed by refreshments (and the meeting). You can book a place on this exciting visit via Eventbrite.

Please aim to arrive promptly so the tour can begin at 1.30 sharp.

Forthcoming events

Here are a few items for your diary – although details are still to be finalised:

  • Our next meeting will be the AGM in November (date and venue to be confirmed).  Since SWOP will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary in September, this AGM may just be a little more festive than is usual!
  • We’re hoping to offer a couple of training sessions this year: “Social media for researchers” – to be run by the Scottish Government Library – details are still to be confirmed for this;  Also, we hope to liaise with the Scottish Law Librarians Group (SLLG) on a training course to cover the Scottish Parliament legislative process, legislation and basic legal materials – but this is currently just a “concept”
  • …and finally, there is talk of organising a little excursion to visit the Scottish Book Trust in the autumn.  This will be a bit of a social event – and I’m sure it will be lovely!

Exciting as all these sound, nothing is yet confirmed for any of them.  Please watch this space for updates!