Event Calendar

Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm Wellcome Collection
10.00am – 6.00pm Tuesday – Sunday and 10.00am – 10.00pm on Thursday. Closed Monday This changing exhibition will examine perspectives from artists, psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists to interrogate our understanding of the conscious experience. Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, mesmerism, and disorders of memory and consciousness, the exhibition will examine ideas around the nature of consciousness, and in particular what ...
Sep 20 – Oct 15 all-day Arcola Theatre
London, 1949. Terence Rattigan is one of the best-known playwrights in town, but his relationship with the actor Kenneth Morgan is a closely-guarded secret. When Kenny falls into the arms of a younger man, emotions reach fever pitch. Behind the closed doors of a flat in Camden Town, the unspeakable will have to be spoken. After a sold-out run, Kenny ...
Oct 14 – Oct 16 all-day OMH cinema
Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival is a wall-to-wall journey of LGBT films from around the world. In our 11th year, we have: two short film events, seven feature films, a World Premiere of a short film made by Gabriel Virata and Joan Montesinos in Shrewsbury, especially for the Festival, talks, discussions, Q&A’s…there’s something for everyone! The cinema is fully accessible. Please ...
Oct 18 – Oct 22 all-day Arcola Theatre
Four queer stories scattered across time and space. In London, 1680, opera star Arabella Hunt has secretly entered into the first recorded gay marriage in UK history. In Worcester, 1936, Alan Turing pays one final visit to Isobel Morcom, mother of his lost first love, Christopher. In the San Fernando Valley, 1979, Tammy Frazer arrives at Callisto Studios, searching for ...
Oct 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Siobhan Davies Dance Studios
We are bringing you a fabulous special Diwali dance. Come and celebrate the Festival of Lights with us. All we ask you to do is come and dance. This is a conscious dance space – a little like a dance meditation. The aim is to help you connect a little deeper with your body, heart and mind as well as ...
Nov 7 – Nov 19 all-day Rich Mix, Arthouse Crouch End, Tate Modern, RADA Studio, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Menier Gallery
London’s eclectic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) cross art festival showcases film screenings, art exhibition and performance works by LGBTQI artists, an annual event in November also includes debate and talks. GFEST 2016 dates: Monday the 7th November to Saturday the 19th November 2016.
Nov 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm The National Archives
Welcome to the Caravan Club! The National Archives and London Metropolitan Archives are teaming up with professional set designer Dave Benson to recreate ‘London’s Greatest Bohemian Rendezvous’ – the Caravan Club. With an exciting array of performances, you will get to experience the thrill and atmosphere of the 1930s, and learn about the underground venues that played host to Britain’s ...
Nov 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Victoria & Albert Museum
Join us in the Museum Lecture Theatre for a queer exploration of V&A history, following in the footsteps of supernatural fiction writer and queer icon Vernon Lee. Born Violet Paget, she was a member of the Aesthetic Movement and a regular visitor to the V&A. We will be exploring museum objects that address the extraordinary range of themes and interests ...
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm London Metropolitan Archives
Welcome to the Caravan Club! The National Archives and London Metropolitan Archives are teaming up with professional set designer Dave Benson to recreate ‘London’s Greatest Bohemian Rendezvous’ – the Caravan Club. With an exciting array of performances, you will get to experience the thrill and atmosphere of the 1930s, and learn about the underground venues that played host to Britain’s ...
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Speakers Chambers House of Commons
The Launch of 2017 History Month with a reception to explore our theme of Law, Citizenship, and PSHE. Unfortunately due to security requests by the venue, this is an invited only reception. Be assured we will give a full public debrief of the event on our site after the event.
Dec 3 @ 9:33 am – 4:33 pm London Metropolitan Archives
The 14th LGBTQ History and Archives Conference has been created with the involvement of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and the Sexualities and Localities project (a collaboration between Birkbeck College and Leeds Beckett University) MORNING PROGRAMME BREAKING OUT! NEW PROJECTS, RESEARCH AND IDEAS The morning workshops introduce new and emerging LGBTQ projects which use history, culture and archive material in ...
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The People's History Museum
Join our Community Curators for introductory tours of our groundbreaking new exhibition. Tours are at 1.00pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
Jan 23 – Feb 17 all-day The Glass Tank
A Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London, of French photographer Claude Cahun’s elusive self-portraits. Claude Cahun (1894-1954) is best known for her original and enigmatic photographic self-portraits. Decades ahead of its time, her work played with perceived gender roles and identity, concerns that are still as current and pertinent in today’s world as ever. Beneath This Mask is drawn ...
Feb 4 @ 2:00 pm Disability Stockport
Gill will be coming to Stockport to share her research in to the struggle of LGBT Rights and give us a look at the history of same-sex relationships.
Feb 11 all-day York Explore Library
The Marriott Room at York Explore Library and Archive will play host to a fascinating variety of free talks on all aspects of LGBT history. Visitors can drop in throughout the day to discover hidden stories and forgotten heroes, and to find out about the other exciting events taking place throughout the month of February. Hot drinks, snacks and lunch ...
Feb 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am York Explore Library
The unique story of Maurice Dobson (1912-1990): a gay ex-coal miner, WW2 veteran and antiques collector who lived in Darfield, South Yorkshire. A free talk as part of the National Festival of LGBT History.
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am York Explore Library
How did prosecution of sex between men change over this 120-year period? A free talk as part of the National Festival of LGBT History.
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm York Explore Library
The untold story of what it meant to be transgender in the British military before and after permissive service. From 1980 to 2014, the highs and the lows, in peacetime and in war. A free talk as part of the National Festival of LGBT History.
Feb 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm York Explore Library
The story of the development of Kop Outs, Liverpool FC’s LGBT fan club, from a time when being LGBT and a football fan appeared mutually exclusive, to the development of a club-recognised fan group helping enable LGBT fans to attend the match in confidence. A free talk as part of the National Festival of LGBT History.
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm York Explore Library
Rainer tells the story of the long battle for recognition and acceptance in (West) Germany following the defeat of Nazism up to the partial decriminalisation of (male) homosexuality in 1969. Given the battles for recognition and acceptance in other parts of the world right now, can we learn from history and from each other? A free talk as part of ...
Feb 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm York Explore Library
Juno draws on her personal experience of activism with the Gay Liberation Front to provide the background and origins of LGBT direct action in the UK and eyewitness accounts of protests from the Miss World Contest to the London Stock Exchange. A free talk as part of the National Festival of LGBT History.
Feb 11 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm York Explore Library
In 2017 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Act of Parliament which partially decriminalised homosexuality between men. Lesbians, never having been illegal, are not officially part of this story – but the media spotlight that was trained on their gay brothers at that time sometimes illuminated their struggle, too. This presentation draws on contemporary reporting and on Jane’s own ...
Feb 11 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm York Explore Library
Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney were household names in the 1920’s. They filled the London Palladium for the farewell performance of their variety act in 1932. They were lovers between 1917 to 1931 and counted Radclyffe Hall, Jo Carstairs and Tallullah Bankhead amongst their close friends. Alison will explore the reasons these remarkable women have been excluded from cultural memory. ...
Feb 17 @ 6:15 pm – 9:45 pm University Centre Shrewsbury
Plans are still a little in draft form but, if the 2016 festival is anything to go by we will have a fantastic evening of speakers, conversation, lovely little munchies, a good laugh, great company, a lot of new things to talk about and perhaps even a taster of entertainment! The launch event starts at 6.15pm with light refreshments followed ...
Feb 18 @ 10:30 am – 5:45 pm University Centre Shrewsbury
Our Saturday Festival starts with a morning with students from local schools and colleges, considering how our knowledge of our history is being used in education. If the first festival is anything to go by there may be some tears – there will certainly be admiration. Another jam-packed festival offering will then include a Key Note Speaker – to be confirmed and ...
Feb 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Burnley Central Library
In the 1970s, Burnley was the UK’s battleground for gay and lesbian rights. Who knew?! To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967), LGBT History Month has commissioned two brilliant new dramas from Inkbrew Production to rediscover this amazing forgotten history. The Burnley Buggers’ Ball, by Stephen M Hornby, tells the story of a transformative political meeting ...
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Burnley Central Library
In the 1970s, Burnley was the UK’s battleground for gay and lesbian rights. Who knew?! To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967), LGBT History Month has commissioned two brilliant new dramas from Inkbrew Production to rediscover this amazing forgotten history. The Burnley Buggers’ Ball, by Stephen M Hornby, tells the story of a transformative political meeting ...
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm JHB Main Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus, Oxford Brookes University
Join in a panel conversation on LGBT+ identity, rights, pride and community. You are invited to be inspired, enlightened and challenged by a lively discussion of the gains and continuing work to ensure diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are fully accepted and celebrated in UK society and communities. We will be looking at ways of belonging and creating a ...
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Lancaster Library
As part of the National Festival of LGBT History and a fringe event of the OUTing the Past: Preston event, Lancaster Library will be hosting a film show and presentations on the Jan Bridget Collection at Lancashire Archives by Vicci McCann, Young, Gifted and Gay: creative responses to LGBT archives by PYRO youth group (tbc), Heroic Architects of the 1967 ...
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm Penthouse Suite, above the Loft Lounge
Pink Sou’westers 8th annual Queer Quiz for LGBT History Month. Penthouse Suite above the Loft Lounge, Bromsgrove St, B5 6RG. Explore, expand or show off your knowledge of all things LGBT, from the past right up to the present, with questions to suit everyone’s interests including music, politics, local, popular culture and more. All welcome, come alone (we’ll find you ...
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Lancashire Archives
As part of OUTing the Past: Preston we are running a free one hour workshop in collaboration with P.Soup CIC. From experienced creative writers to complete novices, all are welcome. Join us to use LGBT related historic records as inspiration for creativity. From the tale of Isaac Hitchin’s Molly House to the female husband, the stories of our forebears are ...
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Lancashire Archives
Join us for OUTing the Past: Preston 2017, and help us to celebrate LGBT History Month in Lancashire. As well as opportunities for creativity, there will be an information market place, exhibitions of historic records held at Lancashire Archives, and a range of presentations on LGBT History (please see individual event listings). For a grand finale we welcome back the ...
Feb 25 @ 11:35 am – 11:55 am Lancashire Archives
For OUTing the Past: Preston Jeff Evans will give a presentation about the first reliable longitudinal survey of indicatable criminal prosecution of inter-male sex yet undertaken. Places for the presentations are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.   
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 12:20 pm Lancashire Archives
For OUTing the Past: Preston Katie Hutchinson joins us to give a presentation about how rock music has long been a voice for minority groups, this includes the trans and gender variant community. From lyrics in songs from Lou Reed and the Kinks to blurring gender stereotypes in image (Bowie, New York Dolls etc), through to trans pioneers such as ...
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Burnley Central Library
In the 1970s, Burnley was the UK’s battleground for gay and lesbian rights. Who knew?! To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967), LGBT History Month has commissioned two brilliant new dramas from Inkbrew Production to rediscover this amazing forgotten history. The Burnley Buggers’ Ball, by Stephen M Hornby, tells the story of a transformative political meeting ...
Feb 25 @ 12:35 pm – 12:55 pm Lancashire Archives
As part of the Being Human Festival in November, The National Archives and London Metropolitan Archives invited 16-25 year olds to take part in a creative workshop with a focus on the targeting and surveillance of LGBTQ+ clubs and meeting places by the government exploring secret police and government files, and newly recorded oral testimony to shed light on LGBTQ+ ...
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 1:20 pm Lancashire Archives
The Young People’s Service, Proud Youth R Out in the Bay and Lancashire Archives have joined together to get creative using a collection of LGBT related historic records held at Lancashire Archives as inspiration. This is your chance to hear some of the work they have produced that will hopefully inspire others and give a unique perspective on stories from ...
Feb 25 @ 1:40 pm – 2:00 pm Lancashire Archives
In this presentation for OUTing the Past: Preston, Paul Amann will look at the development of Kop Outs from a time when being LGBT and a football fan appeared mutually exclusive through to the development of a club recognised fan group helping enable LGBT fans to attend matches in confidence. Places for the presentations are limited so please book early to ...
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Burnley Library
In the 1970s, Burnley was the UK’s battleground for gay and lesbian rights. Who knew?! To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967), LGBT History Month has commissioned two brilliant new dramas from Inkbrew Production to rediscover this amazing forgotten history. The Burnley Buggers’ Ball, by Stephen M Hornby, tells the story of a transformative political meeting ...
Feb 25 @ 2:05 pm – 2:25 pm Lancashire Archives
Jan’s archives of the Lesbian Information Service (1987-1999) and Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale GALYIC (1999-2011) were donated along with an extensive library to Lancashire Archives in 2012. Jan Bridget’s presentation for OUTing the Past: Preston looks at the wealth of information it contains and how it would be useful not only to researchers but to schools and others ...
Feb 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm The People's History Museum
Discover how the history of gender and sexuality has been affected by society, politics and activism over the past 200 years.  
Feb 26 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm The People's History Museum
  January 1967: it’s illegal for men to have sex together, lesbianism is condemned as sinful or seen as a medial misfortune, and trans rights are non-existent. 50 years later, LGBT+ legal protection and equality is almost UK-wide.  This progress was inevitable, and there were steps back as well as forward.   Throughout 2017 we will host a series of ...
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm The People's History Museum
Stuart Milk is an international human rights activist, LGBT rights speaker, government relations consultant, and youth advocate. He is the co founder and Board President of the all volunteer Harvey Milk Foundation. As the nephew of Harvey Milk, the iconic civil rights leader, Stuart has taken his uncle’s message of authenticity, example of courage and the power of collaboration onto ...
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The People's History Museum
My extensive library and archives (covering 25 years of activism: Lesbian Information Service and Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale) are available at Lancashire Archives, Preston.  I will show you how to access the collections and introduce their contents.
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The People's History Museum
Peter Purton is a former Equal Rights Policy Officer at the TUC, where he led on work around LGBT and disability issues. Peter will discuss the largely untold story of trade unions’ role in the fight for LGBT equality and expects to publish a book on the subject this year.
Feb 26 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm The People's History Museum
Did you know that the People’s History Museum has the largest collection of banners in the world? And that we are the world’s expert in conserving them?  As part of our Never Going Underground season, in 2017 we have a special banner hang featuring banners used by organisations fighting for LGBT+ rights.
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm The People's History Museum
Rock music has long been a voice for minority groups. Join Kate Hutchinson for a whirlwind journey through the history of trans and gender variant representation in music, exploring how it has helped in changing attitudes and bringing awareness.  From lyrics in songs from Lou Reed and the Kinks to blurring gender stereotypes in image, through to trans pioneers such ...
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm The People's History Museum
The Hall-Carpenter Archives consist of around 2000 boxes of material relating to LGBT activism in the UK. Join archivist Gillian Murphy to uncover photographs from early gay demonstrations in the 1970s, organised by the Gay Liberation Front.
Feb 26 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm The People's History Museum
Female same sex acts have never been outlawed in the UK (at least in civilian society). It’s sometimes suggested that this was because Queen Victoria didn’t believe such a thing existed. But how true is this theory? Join Jenny White to explore historical beliefs about female biology and sexual desire, and examine how lesbian lives were policed in laws designed to tie women to ...
Feb 26 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm The People's History Museum
Andrew Dineley is the Creative Director of Soft Octopus Design Studio and has worked with the health, education and charity sectors for three decades, designing many acclaimed public health campaigns, including Liverpool’s first HIV/AIDS materials in the 1980s, when he was employed by the NHS. He now writes about design and runs his own creative studio in Liverpool. He was also responsible ...
Feb 26 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm The People's History Museum
Trade Unions have been at the forefront of campaigns to change equality law, contractual rights and workplace practices on LGBT equality – a role that is not always acknowledged, with the media quick to portray unions as concerned with narrow self-interest. Following the Brexit vote and other political upheavals, many feel as though we are in uncharted waters, with prejudice ...
Feb 26 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm The People's History Museum
In 2017 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Act of Parliament which partially decriminalised homosexuality between men. Lesbians (never having been illegal) were not officially part of that story – but their rather different struggles and triumphs also deserve to be remembered. This presentation uncovers lesbian life in the 1960s.
Feb 26 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Thee People's History Museum
For tactical reasons, when the police were still crawling all over us and jailing thousands of us each year, LGBT campaigners in Britain had to move forward secretly behind a shield of S for ‘straight’ famous figures, ranging from Bishops to Aristocrats. We can now praise openly the lesbians, bis, trans and gays who, with far more courage than is now demanded of ...
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm The People's History Museum
‘Ours is the old, old story of every uprising race or class or order. The work of elevation must be wrought by ourselves or not at all.” A lively conversation in costume with Frances Power Cobbe (b.1822), an Irish feminist, journalist and political activist, and Mary Lloyd (b 1819), a Welsh artist. They met in Rome, Italy and were partners ...