Our archivists and librarians have been collecting books, pamphlets and archives covering the social and cultural history of London and further afield. We have become one of the national repositories of LGBTQ+ history in the UK. This is based around the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive, a national collection of over 350,000 press cuttings from the straight press covering all aspects of LGBTQ+ history from 1900 to the present day.
Our unique programme includes courses and events exploring LGBTQ+ culture and history.
Why was John Gielgud told to see a doctor and how many lesbian pulp fiction novels can one library hold? Come into the archive to explore our holdings and find out more about LGBTQ+ history.
Part historical overview and part literary analysis, this course will examine LGBTQ literature through the decades as a vital source of strength and understanding.
Along the way we will hear stories of how Soho’s LGBTQ inhabitants have shaped society as we know it today, as well as discovering tales of loves lost and found, deceit, and debauchery: from a sensational Victorian scandal involving the heir to the throne, to the recording of Lou Reed’s sexually ambiguous album Transformer.
Rose Collis has been an out and proud lesbian writer, performer, historian and activist for four decades. Join her for this rare opportunity to explore forty years of history, featuring cuttings, photos, objects and ephemera from her private archive.
A Ballroom and Latin dance club for members of the LGBT community and their friends. With classes followed by social dancing, these events are open to dancers of all levels.
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