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The National Archives

Bessant Drive

Kew

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HANDS ON HISTORY

Join us to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 that partially decriminalised homosexual acts in England and Wales. This event will take you through The National Archives’ collections relating to LGBT+ history, and reflect on significant moments and milestones, giving valuable insight into how government interacted with and viewed LGBT+ communities in the past.

This workshop will guide you through how to use our records to research LGBT+ history, as well as letting you explore original records on the theme.

Join us to look at the calling card of 18th century transgender diplomat Chevalier d’Eon, police records about the lively Shim Sham Club from 1930s London, and more. Our records tell an essential part of this story, from the 1957 Wolfenden Report, which recommended the decriminalisation of homosexuality, to the build-up and passing of the Act itself, view some of the pivotal original documents in this legal change.


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

Entrance to The National Archives is free and there is no need to book, see nationalarchives.gov.uk/visit for more information.

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Bessant Drive

Kew

TW9 4DU

United Kingdom

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