As at Jan 2009, The Women's Library held approximately 4,000 objects in the Museum Collection, with 3,840 additional objects identified in the archives.
The Women's Library Museum Collection objects are grouped in the following categories:
- Objects and other ephemera e.g. souvenir material related to women's campaigning, ceramics used to promote or commemorate women's campaigning activities, artefacts associated with famous/prominent women.
The strength of the Museum Collection lies in the range of printed ephemera and artefacts that document suffrage campaign activities, in addition there is some material relating to later 20th century women's organisations and campaigning, such as feminist activity during the 1970s and 1980s. The Museum Collection complements the range of artefacts and ephemera held in The Women's Library archive and printed collections.
For further information about the scope of the banner, postcard, photograph and poster holdings see the introductions to (object numbers: twl.banner; twl.postcard; twl.poster).
The Museum Collection was catalogued by Charlotte Dew between 2001-2004 in a project funded by the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council). As at 2006 the museum catalogues were being edited and made available online.
The postcards, photographs, badges and posters can be ordered for research through the usual Reading Room retrieval service. Access to the collections where catalogues are not yet available online can be arranged by contacting the Curator. Access to the banner collection is restricted due to the size and fragility of the items - surrogate images area available in the online catalogue.
Objects can be searched using the 'ObjectName' field. The main categories are named:
badge, banner, photograph, postcard, painting, poster, textile.
Additional object names include:
Album, Arm band , Ashtray, Bag, Blouse, Bookmark, Book token, Bottle, Braid, Bunting, Bunting flag, cake server, Calendar, Candleholder, Caricature, Cartoon, Chair back, Christmas card, Cigarette box, Clay pipe, Coaster, Coin, Comb, Cup, Design, Envelope, Flag, Flier, Fragment of aluminium, Game, Goblet, Gown, Greetings Card, Illustration, Jabot, Jacket, Key-ring, Magazine, Mallet, Map, Medal, Medallion, Membership Card, Memorial, Menu, Metal Cast, Mug, Needlecraft, Notebook, Offprint, Ornament, Packaging, Page, Patch, Pattern, Pen, Pin, Plaque, Plate, Print, Presentation volume, Programme, Record, Ribbon, Rosette, Sash, Saucer, Scarf, Seal, Shield, Ship's card, Sign, Silhouette, Spoon, Stamp, Sticker, Swizzle stick, T-Shirt, Tea Spoon, Tea Towel, Textile, Textile fragment, Ticket, Toy, Trousers, Unitard, Wallet, Wallpaper.
If you have any questions regarding the Museum Collection, please ask a member of the Reading Room staff, who will pass your enquiry on to the Curator, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org