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London After Dark - 1920s to today

Explore nightlife in the capital from the 1920s to the present, through original archive materials and a series of talks in Bishopsgate Institute’s atmospheric library, at this special event as part of London History Day. Find out about London’s queer scene between the wars, discover 1960s counterculture through newspapers, magazines and ephemera, be dazzled by event flyers and posters from the 1980s and 1990s, and share experiences of London’s nightlife today.


Discover what Londoners did after dark in the mid-twentieth century through two pop-up displays featuring original nightclub brochures, cinema programmes, restaurant guides and event flyers from our special collections with social historian Michelle Johansen. 


Witness a one-night-only curated display of fascinating items held by Bishopsgate Institute that document nightlife and clubbing from the 1960s onwards, accompanied by a short talk from our Special Collections and Archives Manager Stefan Dickers.


Join historian and lecturer Dion Georgiou to find out about the emergence of the Britpop nostalgia club night as part of London's contemporary night time economy, and what it says about both the way we remember Britpop and the 1990s today, and about the changing nature of clubbing in the city.

Listen to fashion historian and museum curator E-J Scott share the hidden queer history within the extraordinary story of Lady Malcolm’s Servants’ Balls, a series of parties for domestic workers thrown in the 1920s and 30s.


Hear from writers Dora Mortimer and Zia Almos Yeshua X as they discuss the changing landscape of London’s queer night life. From the evolution of clubbing in SOHO into performance and the importance of gay owned bars and clubs in East London, to the contemporary concerns around the need to support the diversity of the queer scene and prevent the disappearance of queer night spaces in the capital.

Date: 31 May 2017

Time: 7:00 PM (Doors:6.45pm)

Price: £11 (Concs: £7 )

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