The Gender Equality collection
The UK web archive Gender Equality collection and its themed subsections provide a rich insight into attitudes and approaches towards gender equality in contemporary UK society and culture. This was previously discussed in my last blog post about the collection, which you can read here.
Curating the collection
A great deal of the discussion and activity relating to gender equality occurs predominantly in an online space. This means that as a curator for the Gender Equality collection, the harvest is plenty! The type of content being collected by the UK Web Archive includes:
- fast-paced public conversation, like at the twitter page of Engender Scotland
- evidence and documentation of campaigns, examples being Mother’s Union and Abortion Rights
- events, including ‘a Woman’s place is turning the tide‘.
- charities, groups and alliances, such as Imaan
- blogs, for example Not the News in Briefs
- information and advice, such as Baby Centre’s article on shared parental leave
Of course there is some crossover, not only regarding the type of content but also within subsections of the gender equality collection.Specifically, I find the event sites in the collection really interesting. As well as documenting that the event(s) even existed and happened in the first place, they can give us a snapshot of who organised the event, as well as who the intended audience were. Also, the collection exhibits the evolution of websites related to gender equality over time (which can be very speedy indeed when it comes to sites like twitter accounts!), and the changing priorities, trends, initiatives and more that can tell us about attitudes towards gender equality in the UK. These kinds of websites are being created by and engaged with by humans right now.
Nominate a website!
The endeavour of the UK Web Archive never stops – if you would like to help grow the Gender Equality collection (or indeed, any other collections) click here to nominate a website to save. Go on…whilst you’re at it, you can explore the UK Web Archive’s funky new interface!
Image reference: Workers Solidarity Movement (2012) March for Choice