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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitlePapers of Lyn Barlow
Ref No7LBA
Box Fetch NoBox 01
LevelCollection
Date1980s-1990s
Extent1 A box
Admin Biographical HistoryLyn Barlow was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, her father a steel worker and her mother unemployed. She had an unhappy childhood and eventually was taken into care, where she remained until the age of 18. She left school at 15 without any qualifications, though later enrolled at a Further Education College where she became student Education & Welfare Officer and subsequently President of the Students Union. Inspired by a trip to the camp at Greenham Common however, she gave up her studies in 1983 to move to the camp permanently. She took part in direct action, spent periods in prison, and remained at the camp until 1987. After leaving Greenham she worked for a while for an investigative journalist at the New Statesman, before returning to education. She spent two years at Hillcroft College for Women, Surbiton, then accepted a place at New Hall, Cambridge, to read BA Social & Political Science. Ill health forced her to abandon her studies after a year. In 1997 she moved to Taunton, Somerset, where she still lived in 2011. As at 2011 she was studying for a BA (Hons) Combined Social Sciences with the Open University and carrying out voluntary work as an advocate for MIND.
Custodial HistoryThe papers were in the possession of Lyn Barlow until they were donated to The Women's Library
DescriptionThe archive consists of journals of Lyn Barlow, recollections and poetry, and questionnaires relating to Greenham Common and Greenham Common women
Related MaterialThe Women's Library also holds other archives relating to Greenham:
5GCW the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp (Yellow Gate) archive
7JAN Papers of Jayne and Juliet Nelson: Greenham Common Papers
7JTR Papers of Jill Truman
7PBB Papers of Pam Baum Barker
7RTH Rebecca Thackray & Catherine Thackray Letters
7LBA Papers of Lyn Barlow
7LEA Papers of Ginettte Leach.
The Womens Library Museum Collection contains a number of objects, such as postcards and posters, related to Greenham. This includes a number of items created by the Women for Life on Earth, Greenham Common group. The Women's Library Printed Collections holds a number of publications about Greenham including contemporary Greenham Common newletters (see also women's liberation periodicals from the period for references to Greenham).

See 5GCW for a fuller listing of material related to Greenham Common.

The Women's Library holds other archives relating to peace:
5WIB Women in Black
5IAW International Alliance of Women
5ICW International Council of Women
7KDC Papers of Kathleen D'Olier Courtney

LSE archives holds:
CND Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, British Section)
FOR (Fellowship of Reconciliation, London Union)
LNU League of Nations Union
Related Record5GCC
5GCW
7JTR
7LEA
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThis collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library @ LSE in advance of their first visit.
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