‘Feminist Archive North’

 Feminist Archive North hosted a guided look at some of their archive materials last week

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“While the archive contains some materials relating to Mary Gawthorpe and the “Votes for Women” campaign, it is dedicated more to events since the 1960s, and display we viewed today concentrated on letters, leaflets, journals and interviews documenting women’s participation and sufferings through crises such as the 1970 Leeds clothing workers’ dispute, the 1984-85 miners’s strike, and the perennial issue of violence against women.  Noteworthy too was the collection of scripts by Andrea Dunbar (most famous for the play and film “Rita, Sue and Bob Too”) and items concerning her tragic family history in the Buttershaw area of Bradford.”  Alistair


Feminist Archive North is based in Special Collections, which is part of the Brotherton Library at Leeds University. All their materials can only be viewed in the Special Collections reading room. They do not allow material out on loan

Opening hours

The Feminist Archive North office is currently only staffed on Thursdays, 10am-4pm. Special Collections, where materials can be viewed, is generally open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-1pm, though this can vary according to term dates