The original purpose-built space for The Women’s Library
The Women’s Library, Europe’s oldest and most extensive collection of women’s history, has undergone a controversial relocation moving from its original site in Whitechapel, in London’s East End, to the London School of Economics in central London.
The Library was initially threatened with complete closure two years ago, when London Metropolitan University announced that it was withdrawing its funding. So the fact that the Save the Women’s Library Campaign was successful (a campaign that resulted in a 12,000 signature-strong petition in support of the library’s continued existence) and LSE has taken on the library’s collection should be cause for celebration, right? Wrong.
Even as late as Tuesday, the day of the re-opening of the library at LSE, campaigners were planning a “peaceful protest” at the opening ceremony, in order to express their concerns that the library would not remain accessible to all. Campaigners lamented the loss of The Women’s Library to its original community, where young and old had enjoyed access to the library since 2002. As well as housing a collection of 60,000 books and 5,000 museum artefacts (including Emily Davison’s return ticket from Epsom from the day she was pulled under the king’s …read more

Via: Melville House Books