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.
Text Artefact Identity: Horace Walpole and the Queer Eighteenth Century @ St Mary's University / Strawberry Hill House
Feb 15 – Feb 16 all-day
Text Artefact Identity: Horace Walpole and the Queer Eighteenth Century @ St Mary's University / Strawberry Hill House

This conference will bring together scholars and curators from the disciplines of Literature, Cultural History, Art and Architectural History, and Heritage to investigate LGBTQ perspectives on the “long” eighteenth century, and features keynotes from Walpole’s biographer, George Haggerty, and Matthew Reeve, who has written extensively on Gothic architecture, sexuality & aesthetics.

Hosted in partnership with Horace Walpole’s Gothic villa at Strawberry Hill in west London, the conference will complement a major exhibition taking place October 2018-February 2019, ‘The Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill’, which will bring together, for the first time since 1842, masterpieces from Walpole’s collection. There will be an opportunity to visit the exhibition during the conference.

Confirmed speakers
Matthew Reeve (Queen’s University, Canada)
George Haggerty (University of California, Riverside)
Alison Oram (Leeds Beckett University)
Ulf R Hansson (University of Texas at Austin)
Daniel Orrells (Kings College London)
Maurice Howard (University of Sussex)
We invite papers exploring any aspect of queer history, culture, heritage and writing of the ‘long’ eighteenth century; there will be a particular but not exclusive focus on Horace Walpole and his circle. Please see the full Call for Papers below.

The conference will take place in the beautiful Georgian and Victorian Gothic rooms of Strawberry Hill, and there will be a formal dinner in Strawberry Hill House.

Queer Walls: Exploring LGBTQ History @ Eltham Palace and Gardens
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Queer Walls: Exploring LGBTQ History @ Eltham Palace and Gardens

During Pride month, join us for an evening of Art Deco decadence and 1930s entertainment as we explore LGBTQ histories at Eltham Palace.

Enjoy an intimate, after hours look into the palace’s striking interiors and award-winning grounds as you are entertained by a range of artistic and creative responses to the queer history of the palace itself, the interwar years and beyond.

Wet your whistle on arrival, with a complimentary cocktail, created exclusively by mixology experts Ben’s House. Ben will be on hand all night, with a bespoke collection of cocktails, based on the LGBTQ history of the Palace and created with fresh ingredients from the palace gardens.

Actors playing the inseparable John Seeley and Paul Paget, the architects of the striking Art Deco house, and who lived and worked together, will be in attendance all evening. They will tell you about what life was like to be queer in the first half of the 20th century and regale you with stories of Lesbians, Gay men, Bisexuality, the pioneering of Transgender operations and the general queerness of the time.

Watch a fun Noel Coward Cabaret act and listen to our pianist performing on a Bechstein piano provided by Jacques Samuel Pianos. Put your best foot forward with our swing dance lessons in the Great Hall as Nancy Hitzig teaches you how to dance like a 1930’s star. Listen to Gin and Harmonics, an all-female LGBTQ choir, perform A Capella songs in the Entrance Hall.

Or, you can simply watch the sunset over London with a delicious cocktail and your friends surrounded by the impressive grounds of the palace on a summer’s evening.

PLEASE NOTE that pre-online ticket booking will only be available until June 19th. However, you will still be able to book via telephone booking leading up to the date of the events.