The Women’s Room

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In the 1970s, Beacon House, nestled in Leinster Square, Bayswater, London, functioned as a hostel for young individuals venturing to the city for employment. It offered a haven of safety and security, serving as an ideal launching pad for newcomers to the bustling metropolis. These images spotlight a friendship group of young women residing in the hostel, curated from a broader picture set.

The inspiration for the title stems from a member of the group seen reading “The Women’s Room,” a seminal feminist novel authored by Marilyn French and published in 1977.

“The Women’s Room”. Photos 1979 ©Peter John, All Rights Reserved