SlutWalk & Save the Women’s Library Demo – Saturday, 22nd Sept

Hi all, there are two massive demonstrations taking place this Saturday, the 22nd September:

1. SlutWalk: Download the poster here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9UmoQUt4SdydTNaN1N4cjRjSFU/edit?pli=1

Starts 12.30 at the Top of Picadilly next to Hyde Park Corner. Further details here: http://www.facebook.com/events/405993389462416/ 

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2. Save the Women’s Library Demo:

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Time fast running out to Save The Women’s Library

A mass rally to Save the Women’s Library will take place outside its East End home on Saturday 22 September.
With London Metropolitan University set to decide the future of the collection, staff and building at the end of the month, time is fast running out to save The Women’s Library.

In March 2012, London Met launched a campaign to secure a new home, supporter or custodian for The Women’s Library. A selection committee formed by Dr Paul Bowler, Deputy Chief Executive of London Met met behind closed doors on Sept 13 to consider the only bid submitted, a proposal from LSE that will see the collection permanently removed from The Women’s Library building. London Met’s Board of Governors will meet Sept 27 to ratify the recommendation put forward, details of which have not been made public.

The Save the Women’s Library campaign holds that moving the collection out of its building on Old Castle Street effectively closes The Women’s Library. The campaign has called for London Met to reopen the bidding process and adapt criteria that ensures the collection retains its building, staff, accessibility, and commitment to community.

The Women’s Library moved to its current location in 2002, a purpose-built building converted from a historic East End washhouse with the aid of £4 million Heritage Lottery Funding. Designed by Wright and Wright Architects, it includes a reading room, archival storage, classrooms, staff offices, and exhibition space. The collection, which attracts over 30,000 visitors annually, is accessible to all and the library is committed to both academic and community engagement. London Met may be required to repay over £4 million to the Heritage Lottery Fund if the collection moves out of The Women’s Library building.

The Save The Women’s Library campaign seeks to:

1) Keep the library in its current purpose built building
2) Ensure the collection remains intact and accessible to all
3) Retain the library’s expert staff

Over 12,000 people have already signed the on-line petition to Save The Women’s library. A lively demonstration held at London Met Sept 13th to protest the Selection Committee meeting to consider LSE’s bid attracted a good crowd.

On Sept 22nd, Save The Women’s Library supporters will call on the spirit of the suffragettes and other activists who’s very history they seek to preserve as they rally outside The Women’s Library.

More information at: http://savethewomenslibrary.blogspot.co.uk/
also follow us on Twitter: @Savetwl #savetwl

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