The Power of Print

We’ve been digging out some of our magazines, zines and journals from the archives to display, inspired by the current exhibition ‘Print! Tearing It Up’ at Somerset House, which explores the history of British independent magazine publishing. We have many interesting, pioneering and obscure magazines and journals in our libraries, so come and check out this display in Aldgate Library for inspiration!

As well as lots of lovely printed journals, we have many available online, so be sure to always do a check on the online catalogue if you can’t see the journals you are looking for on the shelves. For example, one of the journals featured in the Somerset House exhibition ‘Spare Rib’, is available in print format in the TUC Library (part of Special Collections), but only one issue; but is also available online (in this case through the British Library Journal Archives via the London Met Library catalogue) where you can browse most of the back run (1972 – 1993).

‘Spare Rib was an active part of the emerging Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 20th century. Running from 1972-93, this now iconic magazine challenged the stereotyping and exploitation of women, while supporting collective, realistic solutions to the hurdles women faced.’ (Journal Archive website).

Power of Print display Aldgate LIbrary. Image © London Met

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