What's Online: Out in the City - Queer Club culture in London, 1918–1967

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What's On-Line is a series of free, pre-recorded online talks delivered by our experts, here at The National Archives.

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‘London’s greatest bohemian rendezvous said to be the most unconventional spot in town’

Despite the risks involved, the twentieth century saw a thriving underground queer community develop. Our records show a wonderful defiance to live and love despite the law.

Using unique archive items, this talk seeks to tell the important story of some of the clandestine LGBTQ+ spaces that were raided and closed by police and the covert methods of communication that had to be relied upon.

The talk will explore a number of spaces, from the Caravan Club, known as ‘London’s greatest bohemian rendezvous’, to the lively Shim Sham Club, so named after the Harlem tap dance.

Through photographs, court reports, witness statements and even tantalising love letters that were never meant for our eyes, this talk will give an insight into these little known underground venues and the powerful voices of individuals inside them.

This talk will be presented by Victoria Iglikowski-Broad, Principal Records Specialist in Diverse Histories.

To register for this talk please use this link: https://prod.flowapp.com/s/uH2kQBZcdk?refToken=EB

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