Autumn 2012 Newsletter


Available now! Retrospective on Spare Rib and other grassroots press, a welcome to the new Head of Special Collections, updates on our own collections, notes from volunteers, and more…


International Women’s Day Exhibition – 8 March 2012

An exhibition of photos and documents from Feminist Archive North will be on display in the Brotherton Room in Special Collections at the University of Leeds on Thursday, 8th of March from 12 noon till 5.30 pm. Come and have a look at 40 years of women’s activist in Leeds & Bradford and beyond…

Newsletter, Summer 2011

Summer Newsletter 2011

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Beating the Bomb @ Leeds Film Festival, 12 November

Beating The Bomb, a film that is a “rousing history of the peace movement” over the last 50 years, includes an interview with Helen John. It is showing at Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Screen 2, at 6.15pm on Friday 12th November as part of the Leeds International Film Festival, and lasts for 70 minutes.

The venue has level access on ground floor via The Headrow entrance, with a lift to all floors and wheelchair accessible toilets.

Tickets cost £5, or £4 for concessions, and may be bought on the door; online at; at the Box Office at The Carriageworks in Millennium Square between 10am and 8pm Monday to Saturday, in person or by telephone 0113 224 3801. Tickets must be collected at the venue from an hour before the screening. For guidance on any age restrictions please ring the box office.

Celebrating Women-Only Peace Camps

FAN IWD event 9th March 2010

It was a great evening. Lovely to meet old friends and make new ones –  surrounded by chatter and the warmth of friendship as I poured drinks and welcomed people. There were two brilliant exhibitions – one from Bradford Peace Museum and one of items from FAN’s Helen John collection including the t-shirts shown in our last newsletter. The video of Don’t Trust Menwith Balls was really interesting – partly being reminded of the history of it but especially the articulate young women being interviewed. A wonderful richness. Then Helen John – although I’ve read a lot about her I’d never met her or heard her speak before so wasn’t sure what to expect – and she was magic. So witty, so down to earth, so inspiring; telling great stories and making it all so accessible. There was a great sense of it never being too late to get up to such political mischief. I wish I was a writer and could write her biography – that’s a project that would be well worth doing … any takers?


call for papers

Call for papers

Gender, Sexuality and Adult friendship

 2nd July 2010

 Lancaster University

 Friendships are important relationships in people’s lives. They are a source of companionship; they form the basis of many social activities and play a role in creating peoples’ life expectations and aspirations. Friendships also help us form our identities and can be an important source of support, help and information. It has been argued that friendship has replaced traditional kin and community relationships in post-modern society (Giddens) as such friendship is often constructed as freely chosen informal relationship and this version has obscured the ways in which friendship interaction and friendship groups are imbued with socio-economic, gendered, classed and racialised processes.

 During this conference we seek to bring together researchers who examine contemporary, empirical material on adult friendship, who view friendship as a social, temporal and cultural relationship with a specific focus on gender and sexuality. Depending on the outcome of the conference, there may be an opportunity to contribute to a publication on adult friendship.

 In this conference we hope to address questions and issues around the topic of gender, sexuality and adult friendship, which may include the following:

 How do gendered processes operate in friendship groups?

 What are the relationships between friendship, sexual relations and romance?

Are friendships still seen as secondary to sexual relationships in adult life?
How are adult friendship and friendship opportunities created and maintained?

 Have expressions or patterns of friendship changed?

 What role does friendship play in queer communities?

 What role do resources play in the creation and maintenance of friendships?

 How can we best address the difficulties in conceptualising friendship, social networks and sociability?

 What other types of friendship are there other than the best friend relationship?

 Please send an abstract [150-250 words] to Lia Kinane by  30th of March.

Women’s Day 2010: Celebrating Women-Only Peace Camps, 9th March

This year’s International Women’s Day event will be: Celebrating Women-Only Peace Camps, with guest speaker Helen John. The evening will also include a screening of Don’t Trust Menwith Balls, an exhibition from the Peace Museum, raffle, and refreshments.

Join us on 9th March, from 5-7pm in the Brotherton Room, Special Collections, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds. Further information and directions are available here.