As our LGBTQI+ and Women’s History theme starts to draw to a close, we’re looking forward to letting our hair down.
We’ve joined forces with our friend Rob Pateman, to host an afternoon of showcase stories, informal chats and musical highlights. We’ll look at gay London through the ages, so we can reflect, reminisce, and (re)connect with old and new faces.
We’ve heard some powerful stories over the last few months, and we’re starting to build a vivid picture of all-nighters at the Scala; solidarity with Welsh miners, and lesbian poetry in the streets of Camden.
Now we want to thank the people who have shared their memories. We also want to showcase some of what we’ve heard, and give others the opportunity to contribute more memories and images to the collection.
If you haven’t already, check out the project on historypin.org. Jarlath O’Connell‘s story is particularly evocative. He paints a picture of The Bell, oozing with character, which seems to have been the epicentre of gay life in King’s Cross in the 90s. It’s well worth a listen.
If you’d like to come along to our event at the end of the month, there are a few tickets left here, and we’d love to see you there.
Image: Gay Pride 1985 Hyde Park with Blatant Lodge Banner. Copyright Colin Clews @Gaysinthe80s