Among the many services and organisations facing cutbacks and closures is the little known Womens’ LIbrary, in London which holds records from the origins of the womens’ movement back in the 19th century, to the various trade disputes focusing on women, to the present day. It also has displays of documents and some hammers used by Cradley Heath chainmakers, and their 1910 fight for eqaual wages, long before the more famous modern battles and bra burnings. .
A campaign has been started to raise £1m to save this valuable resource this valuable and unique resource.
But the piece that really stops me in my tracks on reading about it is the smallest item. It is the purse owned by Emily Davison, who threw herself under the king’s horse in 1913 to demand the right for women to vote. It holds the return half of her train ticket.
the petition to keep the library open is bit.ly/savetheWL