Event Calendar

We do not organise or endorse these events ourselves. Events are organised by individuals or groups who want to celebrate LGBT History Month; the organisers of each event are solely responsible for their own event. We publish these details for your own information only.
National Portrait Gallery – Teachers Seminar – LGBT stories @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 1 @ 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm

This free seminar for primary and secondary teachers and educators will highlight LGBT stories and sitters in the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection and explore how to bring these narratives into the classroom. Take a queer tour of the collection, hear from guest speakers and discuss with fellow teachers how to use portraiture to explore LGBT identities. Booking essential.

Tomorrow’s Great Pageant @ The Place Theatre
Feb 2 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tomorrow's Great Pageant @ The Place Theatre

Are you interested in gender and freedom? Are you part of the LGBTQ+ community? For the launch of LGBTQ+ season at The Place Bedford, join Post Workers Theatre for the launch of their new project, Tomorrow’s Great Pageant. This re-imagining of the iconic Suffrage play A Pageant for Great Women is being re-written for a 21st-century non-binary context. Post Workers Theatre in collaboration with The Place Bedford and Bedford Creative Arts, will be joined by a panel of guest writers, critics, practitioners and community activists to collectively discuss and consider a new cast of iconic great people who can begin to represent the values and ideals of a diverse 21st Century LGBTQ+ community.

The original play, written by the dramatist and actor Ciceley Hamilton in 1909, was a popular allegorical work of political agitation, which featured the embodiment of ‘Justice’, ‘Woman’ and ‘Prejudice’. The play served, in part, to recover knowledge of great women of the past, with a cast of 45 historic women, and to promote a feminist perspective on emancipation. Over one hundred years later the struggle for gender equality continues and to revisit the structure and values of A Pageant of Great Women, will offer a new platform for collective understanding, awareness and celebration.

A reading of the original script will be followed by discussions and collective brainstorming, working with actors, activists and designers to creatively engage with hopes, fears and ideas of alternative narratives. Join us for the conversation.

LGBT Collections in the Mass Observation Archive @ The Keep
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
LGBT Collections in the Mass Observation Archive @ The Keep

To coincide with LGBT History Month, Jessica Scantlebury will lead a workshop highlighting the Mass Observation Archive’s LGBT collections, including the National Lesbian and Gay Survey (NLGS). The NLGS was launched in 1986 by Kenneth Barrow who, inspired by his membership of the writing panel for the Mass Observation Project, sought to collect autobiographical reports from gay men and women. Find out more about this collection, and others held by the Mass Observation Archive, in a hands-on session about everyday life for LGBT people in 1990s Britain.

My life in North Wales @ Rhyl Library
Feb 18 @ 2:30 pm

A talk by Jenny-Anne Bishop OBE about being Transgender in North Wales and its historical culture of Gender diversity.