This month at The National Archives we have held a range of events to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month, including a creative writing workshop based on LGBT records; a talk by Matt Cook on AIDS, the 1980s and the age of permissiveness; an LGBT Hands on History event; and a talk on the Campaign for Homosexual Equality by Peter Scott Presland.
However it is also fascinating to see what is happening in other organisations. The Pride of Place collaboration between Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage) and Leeds Beckett University’s Centre for Culture and the Arts is an excellent example! This project is designed to identify and promote awareness of buildings and places with LGBTQ connections.
The result is a fantastic map of England that ‘pins’ places of LGBT significance in the past – there are currently over 1000 places pinned. The idea is to look historically and currently to capture spaces significant to the LGBT community. You can contribute your own pins here: www.mapme.com/prideofplace Continue reading »