In the basement of a magnificent house in Cork there are boxes and boxes of old newsletters, posters, letters and other documents collected over the past 35 years by a local activist. They relate to the activities of various Cork groups, including the lesbian and gay communities, the Quay Co-op, environmental groups and different campaign groups. It is a rich source of information documenting the activities of these groups and a testament to Arthur’s foresight that it has not all been lost over the years.
To call this an ‘archive’ would be to suggest a level of organisation that doesn’t exist. It is a jumble of unorganised boxes, each containing a mix of information relating to different organisations and activities. There are also old computers which would require some level of expertise to unlock the files contained on them.
As I trawled through boxes of archival material recently, I found this hand written notice for the Women’s Discos which were run on Friday nights in the Other Place in the 1990s.
It is unsigned. The hand writing is very neat and clear. It includes a word count, so I would assume it was written for inclusion in a newsletter or in GCN.
Does anyone know who wrote this?
It provides a good snap shot of the Women’s Discos, the atmosphere inside the club and the experiences of women coming to and leaving the club – security cameras to ensure safety. And it sings the praises of the D.J. – Diane Jefferies!
Here is a transcript of the article:
Want to get your glad rags on and boogy on down, or just sit in a quiet corner and watch other women shed their inhibitions? Then it is about time you came to the Women’s Disco. From 11.00 pm onwards on the first Friday of the month knock on the door of the Other Place and the night and space is yours. Continue reading