Rewind Fast Forward: Sandi Hughes’ History of the Liverpool Scene

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But this year, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, I’ve been working with artist collective Re-Dock, digitising both my photograph and video archive. We’ve done a whole range of things so far as part of the project, such as presenting it at the Without Borders conference in London in July, and installing a permanent exhibition of photographs from my …

Prejudice and Pride: Exploring LGBTQ History at National Trust Places

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Prejudice and Pride The National Trust Magazine have produced an article supporting their Prejudice and Pride exhibitions across some of their sites. “Many of our places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we’re exploring our LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) heritage with …

OUTing the Past: the Salop Assizes

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Salop Assizes 1949 In the Spring of 1949, a Shrewsbury man, Geoffrey, sought assistance from the police, after his friend, Percy, was assaulted. What followed was not what they  expected. Their call for help led, instead, to the arrest of many gay men from the town; suspected of ‘gross indecency’. By mid-Summer, Geoffrey and another man, William, had been sent …

The Oldest New Woman and her Incorrigible Welsh Friend

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A lively conversation in costume with Miss Frances Power Cobbe (b.1822), an Irish feminist, journalist and political activist, and Miss Mary Charlotte Lloyd (b 1819), a Welsh artist. They met in  Italy and were partners for 35 years. In the mid 19th century, they lived in London campaigning for votes for women and animal rights. Miss Cobbe was also instrumental …

Retrospect Opera Seeks Funding for Recording More of Dame Ethel Smyth’s Works

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Retrospect Opera is a UK charity with a particular interest in the work of Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), Britain’s most important female composer as well as a suffragette, notable author, feminist and of course lesbian. They have already recorded Ethel’s hilarious First World War comedy, The Boatswain’s Mate (1916). They are now raising funds to record her next opera, the …

Jane Traies and The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course

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For the last seven years, Jane Traies has been recording and re-telling the life stories of the oldest generations of lesbians in the UK (some of whom feature in her book The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course). Last year Jane and some of her interviewees appeared in Esme Waldron’s short film Now You See Me. …

‘Denial was my middle name’

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US relationship counsellor Shannon Bradley-Colleary reveals in an article in the Huffington Post how her Bible Belt grandmother had a reality check when one of her daughters came out as a lesbian way back in 1988. Revealing her grandmother’s letter to her homophobic chaplain, in which she says ‘Denial was my middle name’, she shows how the family matriarch turned …

An introduction to National LGBT History Festival – Sue Sanders’ introduction

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In February of 2015 we held the first National Festival of LGBT History and the second What is LGBT History and How to Do It conference in Manchester. There were many highlights as we had over 80 presentations in the People’s National History Museum and the new Manchester Central Library. The academic conference had 100 participants from across Europe, North …

LONDON REBEL DYKES OF THE 1980S

The LGBT History Festival spurred me into starting a project I’ve been interested in for years. Although I am neither a historian nor a film-maker, the callout for submissions made me decide to record some archive material and to make a short film. I lived in London in the 1980s in a lesbian feminist community rarely mentioned in feminist history …