Researching LGBT+ History at The National Archives

The National Archives are currently updating our gay, lesbian and bisexual research guide. If you would like to help us shape the future version of this guide, please complete our short survey. LGBT+ History is often spoken of as a ‘hidden history’; however often this phrase is misleading. There is a wealth of archival records that relate to the history of sexuality …

A step forward? 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act

The National Archives is pleased to announce an exciting series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts in England and Wales. Records held at The National Archives tell an essential part of this story from the 1957 Wolfenden Report recommendations to decriminalise homosexuality, to the build-up and passing of …

Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories at the British Museum

Some members of the SOUK committee were invited to the British Museum for the opening of their new exhibition ‘Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories’. This show is part of a season looking at LGBTQ histories, which also includes a display of David Hockney’s etchings based on Cavafy’s poems. Schools OUT UK chair and CEO had advised the BM on …