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Our spring exhibition marks 50 years since the beginnings of two significant social movements in the UK: the first women’s liberation conference in Oxford and the first UK meeting of the Gay Liberation Front at LSE.
This exhibition explores how both movements mobilised thousands of people to believe that they could change the world through speaking out and challenging the status quo.
The exhibition displays material from the Hall-Carpenter Archives and the Women’s Library and, in particular, it shows how activists used and transformed publishing, performance and visual imagery around gender.
Podcast of talk Storying Feminist History on the 30 January 2020
Professor Margaretta Jolly (University of Sussex), talked on her new book Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the UK Women’s Liberation Movement, 1968-present, and wove together personal stories of feminists across the regions, nations, classes and ethnicities of the UK.
Interrogating the politics of experience, she invited us to consider how to narrate a major period in women’s rights’ struggle, drawing on Clare Hemmings’ challenge to ‘tell feminist histories’ without nostalgia, teleology or identity politics. She considered a similar challenge in her co-editing, with Dr Polly Russell, the book associated with the British Library’s groundbreaking exhibition Unfinished Business: The Struggle for Women’s Rights, opening in April 2020. Debbie Challis joined as a contributor to the book.
Listen to the Storying Feminist History podcast
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