Welcome to the Caravan Club!
The National Archives and London Metropolitan Archives are teaming up with professional set designer Dave Benson to recreate ‘London’s Greatest Bohemian Rendezvous’ – the Caravan Club. With an exciting array of performances, you will get to experience the thrill and atmosphere of the 1930s, and learn about the underground venues that played host to Britain’s LGBTQ+ communities in the early 20th century.
In addition to this amazing experience, you will also have the chance to delve into an astonishing collection of archival documents which explore the historical state targeting and surveillance of LGBTQ+ spaces. Records include illicit love letters, undercover police reports and newly released oral testimony.
You will also get to hear from and be part of the discussion with a variety of fascinating speakers who will look at not only the cultural importance of LGBTQ+ venues – but also the enduring resilience of a community under siege from discrimination.
The Bee’s Knees – professional dance group specialising in Charleston, authentic jazz and eccentric dances from the 1920s-1940s
Timberlina - informal, informative and hilarious performance that challenges the status quo around accepted norms of LGBTQ+ narratives
Please note, this event is only suitable for guests aged 16+.
Please note this event will start at 1.30 pm and end at 5.00 pm.
This event is part of the Being Human festival - the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. As our festival events are free, not everyone who asks for tickets come to our events. To make sure we have a full house, we allocate more tickets than there are seats. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people. Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis, so please arrive in good time for the start of the event.
We run an exciting range of events and exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. For more details, visit nationalarchives.gov.uk/whatson.