The Feminist Library has raised over £65,000 in a successful crowdfunder, which sees the library move to the collection to Peckham. [Featured image: Ayesha at Keys Handover (c) The Feminist Library].
Westminster Bridge Road has been home to the much-loved Library since 1987, until recent plans to redevelop the building left it facing closure. The Crowdfunder funds enables the moving of the collection, the refitting of the new space, and all other associated costs.
The new space at Sojourner Truth Community Centre at 161 Sumner Road in Peckham – named after the famous African-American activist and abolitionist – is 1,500sq ft, 50% bigger than the Library’s previous premises, and is wheelchair accessible. It provides a substantial increase in shelving space, office space, and a kitchen to cater for community events.
The Feminist Library new design (c) The Feminist Library
In collaboration with a team of women and non-binary architects, designers and makers, the Library collective is now starting the process of refitting the building and moving the stock and has planned a series of opening events. These will include a special evening celebration on 31st January for those who donated to the Crowdfunder, and a big opening party on 1st February.
The new space has been designed by HI-VIS and Studio Lucy Sanderson, and the fittings built by Power Project. To accompany the fresh look of the new space, the Library also has a new logo and branding designed by the graphic designer, Anna Lincoln.
Martha Rawlinson from HI-VIS said: “We’re thrilled that preparation of the new space can finally begin! It’s been a long time coming and it’s so exciting to finally begin to see this project realised.”
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