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Lines of Dissent - The Twelfth LGBTQ History and Archives Conference

London Metropolitan Archives

Saturday, 6 December 2014 from 09:30 to 16:30 (GMT)

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The twelfth annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer History and Archives conference embraces the fascinating and complex world of LGBTQ family history and genealogy. A mix of talks, workshops and creative activities will help us to explore, reconstruct and reimagine the ways in which ideas of LGBTQ family are defined and understood.

 London Metropolitan Archives has organised the day in partnership with the Raphael Samuels Centre.

 9.30am – 10.15am: Doors open and welcome to the day

 MORNING FOCUS: A journey through historic evidence and contemporary interpretation

 10.15am:Keynote speaker

 The Perils and Pleasures of Queer Wills! - Daniel Monk (Birkbeck, Law): This talk will highlight how probate records offer an insight into the creative and subversive ways in which people have used wills to have their significant others recognised in law. It also explores the hidden perils in will making and inheritance law that confront people whose lives have been lived outside of conventional family structures.

 11.15am: Carousel Workshops: Choose two of the practical workshops on offer which will be led by Heike Bauer (Birkbeck, English), Julia Laite (Birkbeck, History) and Brent Pilkey (UCL, Architecture)

12:30am: Panel Session: “In Conversation…”  This panel session will open up ideas around the subject of Queer Inheritance and genealogy. 

 AFTERNOON FOCUS: Presenting evidence of LGBTQ lives: breaking and making history

 2pm: Carousel Workshops: Choose two of the practical workshops on offer.

 Sourcing and Selecting Visual Materials - Dominic Janes (Birkbeck and University of the Arts): This session explores issues in sourcing and selecting materials to be included in a digital archive of images evidencing LGBTQ culture and history.

 Here We Are: Visible QTIPOC Histories - Rudy Loewe (Artist in Residence Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives): How can we capture and promote QTIPOC heritage (Queer Trans* Intersex People of Colour)? This creative workshop uses strategies for identifying QTIPOC histories, making them visible, accessible and preservable.

Queer Homes, Queer Houses - Sean Curran (Institute of Education): The places that LGBTQ people call home can provide us with insights into the world of queer family, relationships and interactions. This session will examine examples of the queer home in history.

 3.40pm: Forum: Delegates and contributors share responses, discoveries and new ideas generated by the day.

 4.15pm: Clare Summerskill and Jan Pimblett (LMA): Announcing Speak Out London–Diversity City, a new LGBTQ Oral History project based at LMA, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, plus a brief entertainment.


 Information Exchange: Stalls, displays and conversations

Making History: Bring along copies of documents or photographs and curate an LGBTQ message for the future

In The Ether: Curating our virtual selves – what’s on your phone? Who gets to share?

London Metropolitan Archives: London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is the largest local authority record office in the UK, covering the City and Greater London, LMA hold books, documents, photographs, maps and drawings dating from 1067 to the present day. It is free to visit. Find out more at:

The Raphael Samuels History Centre: The RSHC is a research and educational centre devoted to encouraging the widest possible participation in historical research and debate. The partners arethe University of East London; Birkbeck, University of London; Queen Mary University of London; and Bishopsgate Institute in the City of London. Visit:

Lines of Dissent conference update . We are very excited to announce an additional workshop in the afternoon programme. Caroline Derry will be leading a talk/workshop on "Finding the stories of ‘female husbands’ ". There was no specific offence criminalising women who had sex with other women, but that does not mean they are absent from criminal court archives. Looking at ‘female husbands’ of the eighteenth century, this workshop explores how to find such cases, what information is and is not available, and how we might interpret it. It focuses upon Ann Marrow, who was convicted of fraud in 1777 for marrying three women and sentenced to stand in the pillory. Using the records of her case, we consider why prosecutions did occur, contemporary understandings of women living as men, what information about these cases is and is not available, and the complicated questions of lives and identities that they raise. You can find out more about Caroline here:…/surnames-a-…/dr-caroline-derry/

Do you have questions about Lines of Dissent - The Twelfth LGBTQ History and Archives Conference? Contact London Metropolitan Archives

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London Metropolitan Archives

United Kingdom

Saturday, 6 December 2014 from 09:30 to 16:30 (GMT)

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London Metropolitan Archives

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, film and books about London. This site offers an insight into the archives, with practical advice on how to research and use them, both at LMA and online.


We run a wide selection of talks, guided tours, film screenings, exhibitions and other events, and you can find out more about these as well as the latest updates from the archives on our news and events page.


LMA is free to use and open to everyone. Whether you’re tracing your family history or researching the history of your neighbourhood, if you’re interested in London or Londoners, LMA is the place to visit.

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