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The Feminist Archive South Turns 40!

The Feminist Archive South is planning to kick start a year of projects to celebrate its 40th anniversary with an invitation to explore some of the most radical and striking posters held by the University of Bristol’s Special Collections. The event, which will take place on 31st January from 2-5pm, will be the first of a series of monthly collaborative workshops seeking to engage new audiences with the archive.

The Feminist Archive South holds over 160 metres of inspirational materials collected by activists documenting the progression of feminist politics since the 1960s. Our drive for the next era in the FAS is to create new opportunities for discover the diversity of our collections, explore the intersectionality of materials and bring untold feminist narratives to light.

These sessions will enable participants to learn about archive cataloguing, have a good rummage in our collections and meet people who are interested in the feminist archive. No previous experience is necessary – we welcome anyone curious about the archive to come along and find out more.

The archive sessions will lay the foundations for the 40th anniversary projects, within which we plan to develop cutting-edge learning resources and a new exhibition based on topics such as gender in education, migration and transnational feminisms.

The workshop launch on 31st January will be a chance to see and research posters ranging from politics and performing arts to violence and Reclaim the Night.

The dates for the first four events are 31 Jan, 14 Feb, 21 March and 18 April from 2-5pm at Special Collections, UoB Arts and Social Sciences Library (wheelchair accessible). If you are interested in attending or have any questions please get in touch by emailing feminist.archive40@gmail.com. Numbers are limited therefore registration is essential.

Collective Annotation – Archival Discovery – Workshops

Feminist Archive South present…

Collective Annotation / Archival Discovery

Two free workshops that invite the people of Bristol to

  • Explore our collections
  • Collaborate and contribute
  • Leave their mark in the archival record
  • Tell new archival stories

Describe, categorise and tag artefacts from the Feminist Archive South.



Why archive catalogues, especially within a digital environment, are important


How your contributions can transmit feminist history into the future


New ways to describe the contents of the feminist archive

Who are these workshops for?

Anyone who wants to help enrich feminism’s archival records and ensure they are preserved for the long term.

No previous experience of archives is necessary, as you will be guided through the exercise in a supportive way.

Please note this is a hands-on, participatory workshop. Attendees will respond in writing or orally to archive material and, later, share descriptions with the group.


Wednesday 28 June 2-5pm

Workshop theme: Immigration, Asylum and anti-deportation activism


Wednesday 5 July 2-5pm

Workshop theme: Health and the body


Special Collections
Arts and Social Sciences Library
University of Bristol
Tyndall Avenue

Wow, this sounds cool, how can I take part?

Workshops are free to attend but numbers are limited.

Registration is therefore essential.

Please email dm.withers@bristol.ac.uk to book your place, or if you have any questions.

Volunteer/ creche expenses available

Arts and Social Sciences Library is a wheelchair accessible venue, please get in touch if you have further access needs

Women’s Liberation Music Archive – catalogued and available for use

Fliers for the Women's Liberation Music ArchiveThe Women’s Liberation Music Archive is now available for consultation in the University of Bristol Special Collections, and is stored with the Feminist Archive South.

It has the reference DM2598 and contents can be viewed on our online catalogue.

It consists of 7 boxes of materials relating to Music and the Women’s Movement in the 1970s and 1980s.Street Performance of Clapperclaw

Gems include audio and audiovisual recordings of bands such as Clapperclaw, Jam Today, Ova, the Fabulous Dirt Sisters, Feminist Improvising Group, Frankie Armstrong, The Mistakes, Guest Stars,  and Contradictions, as well as a range of fascinating ephemera including fliers, diaries, budget books, manifestos, songbooks, posters, oral histories and much more.

Listening and viewing facilities are available within the archive for this material.

Big thanks to Sarah Cuthill who catalogued the material for us.