Introducing OTP19 Festival Hub Partner: Dublin

_____________________________   National Gallery of Ireland The National Gallery of Ireland was opened to the public in 1864. It was founded as a free national collection which is accessible to all. Over 150 years later this is still the focus of the Gallery. Our mission is to care for, interpret, develop and showcase art in a way that makes the …

Introducing OTP19 Festival Hub Partner: Brighton

___________________________ The Brighton Museum & Art Gallery opened in 1873 on land formerly used for stables on the estate of George IV’s eccentric Royal Pavilion and was one of the first purpose built museums in England.  Our museum service, which today serves the city across five historical sites, is part of the fabric of Brighton & Hove and aims to …

Introducing OTP19 Festival Hub Partner: Bolton

__________________________   Desire, Love, Identity-In Bolton A history of LGBT+ culture & people The exhibition will be showcase Bolton’s LGBTQ history and personal stories alongside world treasures depicting Desire, Love, Identity from the British Museum – a collection that was put together to celebrate 50years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. Bolton is honoured to be the only Northern venue …

Introducing OTP19 Festival Hub Partner: Bergen

_________________________________       Skeivt arkiv is the national archive and knowledge centre for queer history in Norway. We are a part of The Department of Special Collections at the Bergen University Library. The archive collects, preserves and disseminates queer and LGBTQ+ history in Norway in a broad sense. In addition to collecting physical archive materials, video interviews and written …

Introducing OTP19 Festival Hub Partner: Bedford

__________________________   The Higgins Bedford:   The museum is housed in what was The Higgins and Sons brewery and family home, built in the early 1840s. Cecil Higgins later founded the museum through his bequest, opening in 1949.  Visitors today can enjoy watercolour, print and decorative art collections of international significance, including major collections of works by architect William Burges …

Uncovering the Labour Movement’s Seminal Role in LGBT+ History

Pride, the recent film about Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), has highlighted to a wide public audience that the history of the last fifty years of LGBT campaigning has been one of individual bravery and autonomous self-organisation, as well as one in which the labour movement played a seminal role. However, a major problem in our attempt to …

Transgender Visibility Isn’t Just For a Day, It’s For a Lifetime!

Transgender Visibility Isn’t Just For a Day, It’s For a Lifetime! –Caroline Paige Saturday 31st March saw the international celebration of Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), and Sunday 1st April 2018 was the 100th Birthday of the Royal Air Force (RAF), the world’s first independent Air Force. You may not think they are related, but of course they are. For …

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Looking back on Pride ’72, by Peter Tatchell

My memories of Britain’s first LGBT Pride march in 1972   Peter Tatchell writes: Way back in the early 1970s, I was a member of the newly-formed Gay Liberation Front. It was Britain’s first direct action human rights movement of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. To combat the invisibility and denigration of the queer community, we decided to organise …

OTP2018 Conference Spotlight: Cheryl Morgan

The OUTing the Past 2018 Academic Conference of LGBT History & Activism brings together some of the leading scholars in the emerging field, activists from communities domestic and abroad, and the general public at Liverpool John Moores University. The Festival Comms team has reached out to all participants in hopes of spreading the word on the fantastic work being done …

OTP2018 Conference Spotlight: Katherine Jones

The OUTing the Past 2018 Academic Conference of LGBT History & Activism brings together some of the leading scholars in the emerging field, activists from communities domestic and abroad, and the general public at Liverpool John Moores University. The Festival Comms team has reached out to all participants in hopes of spreading the word on the fantastic work being done …