To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act – a significant step in the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in Britain – this event will take a closer look at the documents within The National Archives’ collection that shed light on this pivotal moment in British history.
With varied offerings, ranging from contextual talks to an in-depth workshop on the secretive Polari language, this afternoon offers a dynamic and collaborative means to engage with the original documents and the real-life experiences that lie within them.
13.30 Sammy Sturgess, the lives of men from 1953 to the ’67 Act
14.00 Mark Dunton, the Sexual Offences Act
14.30 Caroline Derry, Learning from Wolfenden’s silent women
15.00 Break and document display
15.45 Polari workshop: Dan Glass and Chris Park
16.30 Jeffrey Weeks on life after the 67 act.
16.50 Closing comments and questions