Classified: LGBTQ History research event for the Being Human Festival

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The National Archives

Bessant Drive

Richmond

TW9 4DU

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For this year’s 2019 Being Human Festival The National Archives and Bishopsgate Institute are collaborating for a wonderful performance event, and you can help us source the archive research for this show.

Join this drop in session to research The Link, a ‘lonely-hearts’ style publication from the early twentieth century, which sought to connect people. It is littered with coded language for men to meet men, with phrases including “bachelor”, “bohemian” and “unconventional”.

Your research will then feature at a final performance on Saturday 23 November at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, where Timberlina and Auntie Maureen will bring to life some of these coded, intriguing and sometimes naughty personal ads found in our collections.

Join us to research these unique records and find out how was it possible to meet members of the same sex, in an era when the law criminalised your love.

A parallel research event will be held in the Rear Library at Bishopsgate Institute, from 6-8pm on Thursday 10th October. The session will focus on the collections held in their archives.

The Being Human Festival is the UK’s only festival of the humanities. The festival aims to engage the public with the very best of the innovative research taking place in this discipline.

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The National Archives

Bessant Drive

Richmond

TW9 4DU

United Kingdom

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