Gay pride Hudderfield 1981. The marchers are holding signs which say: "Gay Black Group", "Muddersfield Gay Action Group".

Bishopsgate Institute’s Special Collections and Archives holds one of the most extensive collections on LGBTQ+ history, politics and culture in the UK. It covers the late nineteenth century onward.

The collections encompass LGBTQ+ history politics and culture, with archives from Stonewall, Switchboard, GMFA/The Gay Men's Health Charity, Outrage! and material relating to the Terrence Higgins Trust, Achilles Heel and QX magazines. We also hold records of individuals including Paris Lees, Sue Sanders/Schools Out/LGBT History Month and many others

We’re proud to be custodians of the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA). LAGNA includes over 300,000 press cuttings from the straight press regarding LGBTQ+ history from the 1890s to today. The cuttings are organised by subject matter, biographical content and location.

We hold a library of around 10,000 LGBTQ+ titles, from academic works, biographies, fiction and poetry to pulp fiction, along with over 700 journal titles from around the world. The LGBTQ+Pamphlet Collection contains around 1,500 items including programmes for festivals and events, material from campaigning organisations and catalogues. The collection also features extensive ephemera such as club flyers, t-shirts, banners and badges.

The Special Collections and Archives also hosts the UK Leather and Fetish Archives, a national collection documenting the history and heritage of fetish, kink and BDSM in the UK. The archives holds organisational papers, flyers, journals, pamphlets, books and artefacts.

Collections

  1. Juliet Jacques Archives

    1908 – 2020

  2. Transfabulous Archive

    2006 – 2012

  3. Justin Campaign Archive

    1978 – 2018

  4. Shaun Dellenty Archive

    2009 – 2020

  5. ACT UP London Archive

    2015-2019

  6. Queer Tours of London Archive

    2017-2019

  7. ACT UP London Archive

    1989-1993

  8. Sue Frumin Archive

    1975-2008

  9. Museum of Transology

    C2015-2020

  10. Ruby Venezuela Archive

    1982-2003

  11. From a Whisper to a Roar: Love & Protest Stories of LGBT+ Women

    2019-2020

  12. Duckie Archive

    1996-2018