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

Piccadilly Circus

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Piccadilly Circus, London 1980

The steps surrounding the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, beneath the statue of Anteros (popularly known as Eros), Piccadilly often became a focal point for impromptu musical sessions. London, UK.

It was moved to a new location in 1985.

1) Buskers singing and playing a guitar surrounded by groups of young people sitting or standing around. In the background can be seen a red London bus and the London Pavilion theatre showing the Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle mockumentary film.

2) Members of Risca Male Choir (Welsh male voice choir based in Risca, South Wales) performing an impromptu gig.

Photos 1980.

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