Running until 22 February 2013 «The Long March to Equality: Treasures of the Women’s Library» covers the history of women in Britain fighting for their rights, starting with suffrage. Comprehensive, well laid out, and free(although a donation would probably be a nice idea!), it was a great afternoon out with a friend. They have fantastic artifacts –books, clothing, speeches, poems, leaflets, buttons… loads of stuff! If you’re feeling creative, you can make your own button. The front desk has a number of audio guides for free. They’re like mobile phones, which are less cumbersome and antisocial than headsets like at most museums. Celebrities read out various writings important to the movement. And for the more recent time periods, people who were actually in the thick of things talk about their experiences. Highlights: Information about force feeding in prisons for women [and men] fighting for suffrage and the section about the Miss World pageant in 1970 that was disrupted by feminists I highly recommend that women and men check this exhibit out while they can!
Place rating: 5 London, United Kingdom
Situated close to Bricklane, the Women’s Library never fails to produce thought-provoking and unique exhibitions. I recently went to a great exhibition here about magazine problem pages throughout the century– you’d be surprised at how little our worries have changed! The inter-active element to this museum is also enjoyable, as is the little café upstairs…