Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) celebrated its 25th birthday in 2016. The origins of the organisation are in collective, grassroots activism and a feminist desire to address structural inequalities and the lack of representation of women in Scottish cultural life and in mainstream institutions. The values of the organisation are rooted in equality, diversity and inclusion, and are shared across the organisation. Now a ‘Recognised Collection of National Significance’, GWL aims to become increasingly representative of and accessible to people from the widest cultural, economic and social backgrounds.
Co-founder Adele Patrick challenges the idea of ‘women on the edge’ and vulnerable people being brought into the museum and, using the example of March of Women (a project that looks to the past to address contemporary social challenges), demonstrates how at GWL the ‘margins’ and core have become productively blurred.