This 13th annual Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer History conference focuses on community history, collecting, caring for, sharing and understanding our heritage. The conference will have a particular focus on history held in the memory of buildings and places and how this can be lost, re-discovered and preserved. The conference is inspired by the Speak Out London oral history project.
Find out more here: https://speakoutlondon.wordpress.com/
The conference will have a particular focus on history held in the memory of buildings and places and how this can be lost, re-discovered and preserved.
There will be stalls representing organisations.
The programme for the day includes talks and workshops featuring:
9.30am Doors open, registration and welcome
10-10.45am Speak Out London - Diversity City: presentations by project volunteers and staff
11am Rebel Dykes of London: Siobhan Fahey makes a riotous presentation with music, images and oral history as part of an ongoing film documentary project. http://www.rebeldykes1980s.com
11.30am Pride of Place: Dr Alison Oram and Dr Justin Bengry explore the theme of migration https://historicengland.org.uk/research/inclusive-heritage/lgbtq-heritage-project/
12.15-2pm Lunch and break outs - enjoy your lunch and then:
- Visit the stalls and update area
- Sign up to a behind the scenes tour and document display
- Bring in your own LGBTQ memorabilia and have it scanned for the Speak Out website
- Get advice on writing autobiographical material;
- Workshop around ideas of mapping locations and memory
- Record a memory
2-3.15pm Talks and Panel:
- Adrienne Adams - How do communities based archives remember the lives of black queer subjects
- Catherine O’Donnell - Redisplaying equality at the People’s History Museum
- Marian Larragy - London Friend - Place, Memory and Activism
3.30-4pm John Vincent-LGBTQ Community History & the Heritage Sector.
John will look at the important role the heritage sector plays in collecting LGBTQ community history, making it accessible and what role we need to play to ensure it happens.
4-4.30pm Excerpt from All The Nice Girls, written and performed by Alison Child and Rosie Wakley.
This show has been to the Edinburgh Festival and has toured all over Britain, receiving excellent reviews.
The story of forgotten lesbian Variety stars Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney seen through the eyes of male impersonator Ella Shields.
Farrar and Blaney met and fell in love just behind the lines in WW1 as members of Lena Ashwell’s concert parties for the troops. They quickly adapted their classical cello and piano act into a comic turn, sending themselves up and singing the popular love songs of the day to each other.
Fifteen years later they filled the London Palladium for their farewell performance. But why was it goodbye?
Heritage Lottery funded
When & Where
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.