You've got just a month to catch a wonderful exhibition of photographs by Sally Fraser (now Chandan Fraser) of the early women's liberation movement of half-a-century ago. It's at the old site of Ruskin College at Oxford - now Exeter College's Cohen Quad - which was the venue for Britain's first Women's Liberation Conference in 1970.
Sally Alexander, who is in the photo above, was a student at Ruskin in 1970 and one of the organisers of the conference. She was a founding editor of History Workshop Journal and is a hugely respected feminist historian.
She's pointing at a photo of herself fifty years ago, wearing an Afghan coat and holding one end of a banner at the pioneering International Women's Day march through central London in 1971. The accompanying detail from that photo doesn't do justice to the quality of the images, but you can just about make out the younger Sally.
The photographs Chandan took cover that first Women's Liberation Conference and some of the key early feminist marches, and contingents on bigger demonstrations, which helped to establish the women's movement, and give it confidence and visibility.
Chandan says that she was always a participant first and a photographer second - she reflects on the times and her photography here - but her images (some can be seen here on the Report site) are an unparalleled chronicle of the initial phases of the women's liberation movement. It's so heartening that they are being exhibited.
The launch was yesterday - a low-key but warm and enlivening occasion. The photos are really well displayed, and a few have been printed on fabric and put up as if they are banners on a demo -
Here are the details of the exhibition, and a bit more about Chandan and her photographs -
And blowing the photos up big means you can spot people in the crowd who might otherwise have passed unnoticed. Take this example -
And there's going to be a bigger exhibition of Chandan's photos at Four Corners in Bethnal Green in the Spring. Something to look forward to!
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