Ref NoDM2123
TitleFeminist Archive South
DescriptionArchive relating to the Feminist Movement, in Bristol and the South West from the 1970s to c.2000. The archive concentrates on activities relating to the West Country, but has a wider perspective, covering the Feminist and Women's Movement in Britain. Of particular interest are materials relating to the Greenham Common Women of the 1980s who protested against the siting of nuclear warheads at the Greenham Airbase near Newbury, Berkshire. There is also materials relating to Dora Russell, and her Women's Peace Caravan across Eastern Europe in 1958.
There are several main series of materials:
Topic boxes
Pamphlet boxes
Bristol City Council Women's Centre
Library Stock
Audio materials
Posters and other large format materials

Various paper lists are available, including the following pamphlets relating to the archive, reference copies are available in Special Collections:
'The Greenham Common Collection: the Feminist Archive, Bristol', 1999, copy available in Special Collections
'Personal Histories of the Second Wave of Feminism: summarised from interviews by Viv Honeybourne and Ilona Singer', volumes 1 and 2, which include summaries of the interviews with women.2001-2002, 2002-2003
'Dora Russell and the Women's Caravan of Peace: a collection of original material at the Feminist Archive (Bristol)', 1995

Please note that Archive Boxes 52-56, Spare Rib Letters and Boston Women's Health Collective, have been catalogued in detail by Jayne Pucknell (with the aid of an external grant), in 2019. Please go to Series 9 for a detailed catalogued. Any questions do ask.

We are trying to make more detailed lists available on line. See also the Feminist Archive South website:

Please note that 'Spare Rib' is available on the open shelves in the Arts and Social Sciences Library at Serial HQ 1597.S63. No 5 (Nov 1972)-No. 120 (July 1982), No. 131 (June 1983)
Related MaterialSee also archives held at Glamorgan Archives relating to Greenham Common, paper lists available in Special Collections. See also the Feminist Archive North held at the University of Leeds.
Extentc.100 metres of shelving [November 2012: 160m]


Access ConditionsHeld off site, and advanced notice is needed to access the archive.
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