LGBTQ History and Alternative Sexuality

Special Collections and Archives

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 LGBT 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. Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive

  2. Cole, Martin

    1931-2015

  3. Gay News Photographic Archive

    Founded in 1972

  4. Gay London Police Monitoring Group

    Established in 1982

  5. London Monday Group

    Founded in 1971

  6. Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement

    Founded in 1976

  7. Just Friends

    Formed in 2004

  8. Switchboard

    Established in 1974

  9. Gay Medical Association

    Established in 1976

  10. Paris Lees Archive

  11. Hallam, Paul

    b.1952

  12. Bill Ward Archive

    1927-1996

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