The People's History Museum
Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester
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 exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism. This includes the landmark exhibition Never Going Underground: the fight for LGBT+ rights, curated by members of the local LGBT+ community. It details the development of an LGBT+ movement, exploring and celebrating those who campaigned and continue to campaign for equality for LGBT+ people.
On the opening weekend of Never Going Underground, join us to celebrate LGBT History Month with OUTing the Past: the National Festival of LGBT History. There will be taster tours throughout the day of the exhibition and PHM’s main galleries. Human rights campaigner Stuart Milk will kick off a programme of insightful and inspirational talks, spanning design, music, photography and the history of LGBT+ activism. The festival will close with a performance about the 19th century activists Frances Power Cobbe and Mary Charlotte Lloyd.
We encourage you to head over to Burnley on Saturday 25 February, to be transported back to the 1970s in what was a key battleground for lesbian and gay rights. The Burnley Buggers’ Ball, by Stephen M Hornby, tells the story of a transformative political meeting held at Burnley Central Library. Burnley’s Lesbian Liberator, by Abi Hynes, dramatises the political activism of a bus driver sacked for nothing more than wearing a badge. Both plays are vividly staged in the sites where the original events happened.
In partnership with Schools Out. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Details of our full programme are at http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/outing-the-past/