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Classified: A performance of queer dating ads inspired by archives

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Royal Vauxhall Tavern

372 Kennington Lane

Lambeth

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SE11 5HY

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The Link was a ‘lonely-hearts’ style publication from the early 20th century, which sought to connect people. It is littered with coded language for men to meet men, with phrases including 'bachelor', 'bohemian' and 'unconventional'. In an era when the law criminalised your love, how was it possible to meet members of the same sex?

Join us for a very special performance by Timberlina at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, which will bring to life some of the coded, intriguing and sometimes naughty personal ads found at The National Archives and Bishopsgate Institute. Playfully explore with us what archives can reveal about how queer networks and communication have evolved over the last hundred years.

This is a free event, so entry is not guaranteed and will be on a first come, first served basis.

This event is part of the Being Humanfestival, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see beinghumanfestival.org.

Want to help us source the inspiration for this performance? Do look out for our upcoming sessions to crowdsource the research at The National Archives and Bishopsgate Institute. Get the chance to see your archival research turned in to a performance!


Image reference: The Link, April 1921, The National Archives. Document reference: MEPO 3/283.



We run an exciting range of events and exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. For more details, visit nationalarchives.gov.uk/whatson.




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