OUTing the Past: the National Festival of LGBT History – Venue Information for the Festival Hubs

This page is where you will find all the venue details, locations and links to their websites and programmes. Click on the Hub Location to show the full information for each of the festival Hubs. If you would like to volunteer to help out at any of the hubs, or in the co-ordination of the national programme, contact us here.

OUTing the Past:2017 National Festival Hubs


The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

We are proud to return as one of the London hub venues for the National Festival of LGBT History. Our events in The National Festival will take place in Seminar Room 5 of the Learning Centre on the first floor of the V&A on Friday 10th February from 6pm to 9pm.

The Museum is situated on Cromwell Road, close to South Kensington Underground Station.
There is full access to the galleries and the Learning Centre and we have a wide range of services for disabled visitors. For further information, interactive maps, and a list of facilities, please visit our website at:

See our programme of events here: london-va-programme-WORD or london-va-programme-PDF

As The  National Archives we collect and secure the future of the government record, from Shakespeare’s will to tweets from Downing Street, to preserve it for generations to come, making it as accessible and available as possible. Our collection is one of the largest in the world, containing over 11 million historical government and public records.

The National Archives

We are delighted to be hosting one of LGBT History Months festival hubs this year on Saturday 11th February with a jam packed day of activities.

Kew Gardens station, approximately 0.75 km away, is the nearest rail and tube station to The National Archives. The map of the local area shows the route to The National Archives.

At The National Archives, we provide full access to all our public areas; there is a lift to upper floors; and the building and grounds are wheelchair-friendly. We also have a range of facilities in our reading rooms to help you with your research.

Please find out more via our website: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/visit-us/


The National Maritime Museum is an epic place of exploration containing the world’s largest collection of maritime heritage and part of Greenwich Park a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our collection represents the rich and complex story of Britain as an island nation and explores the often challenging relationship we have with environment, the Navy, trade and migration. The Museum is currently undergoing an HLF funded project to build 4 new galleries opening in 2018. This will double the amount of artefacts on display and, by working with local communities, revolutionise how we talk about and share our collections.

national-maritime-museumWe are very excited to be one of the London hub venues for the National Festival of LGBT History. Our evening of talks will take place in our Lecture Theatre on the ground floor on Tuesday the 7th of February from 6pm to 9pm.

The Museum is located on Romney Road, the closest tube station is Cutty Sark DLR. Alternatively you can reach us via Greenwich Rail Station and Maze Hill Rail Station as well as via Thames Clipper to Greenwich Pier.

For more information about the Museum please visit: www.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum/

See our Programme of events here: nmm-programme-WORD or nmm-programme-PDF






The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter – RAMM

Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX

How to find us: http://rammuseum.org.uk/visiting-us/how-to-get-here/

Tel: 01392 265858




Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. Its spectacular Victorian building links the modern commercial city centre bustle on Queen Street with the city’s historic past.

The displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and the world cultures galleries display stunning items from all over the world.

With four special exhibition spaces, its changing programme means there is likely to be something different to see every visit, from national touring shows to community displays and fine art from the city’s collection.



Exeter Phoenix

Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS

How to find us: http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/about-us/location/

Tel: 01392 667080





Bang in the heart of the city, Exeter Phoenix is a vibrant, world class multi-artform venue. We are home to several art galleries, a theatre, cinema, film production resources, a radio station, print workshop and recording studios, all centred around a buzzing café bar.

As well as hosting hundreds of music, film, art and performance events every year, we nurture a thriving arts scene through our Creative Hub, which supports emerging artists, musicians, theatre companies and filmmakers.

Image Source Wikipedia with permission by CC BY-SA

Image Source Wikipedia with permission by CC BY-SA


The Executive Business Centre situated in Lansdowne, Bournemouth. Within the heart of Bournemouth’s commercial district and incorporates an innovative design with rigorous environmental standards. The building has played a vital role as a hub for the world of business, regionally and nationally, and is now proud to host ‘OUTing the Past: Bournemouth’ in parthership with The Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

bournemouthSUBU is proud to present the National Festival of LGBT History for the first time in February 2017. The Executive Business Centre is within waking distance from Bournemouth Station, with easy access to trains and buses both local and national. The facility is fully accessible, and has a carpark on site. Inside the building there is a hearing assistance system and level access to the service.

The address for the Executive Business Centre is 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth

Download our full programme here


Photo by Jill Bedford

Photo by Jill Bedford

The main venue for the Shrewsbury Hub is the Guildhall, right next to the River Severn which winds its way all around the town, embracing medieval buildings, cobbled streets and hidden corners. Formerly the Council House, the Guildhall is now home to the brand new University Centre Shrewsbury which had its first intake of students in September 2015. In readiness for its new life the building has undergone complete renovation in recent months and offers the perfect selection of accessible spaces for our launch event and series of presentations.

The Old Market Hall cinema sits outside the Museum doors and was built in 1596. The cinema space was originally used by the Shrewsbury drapers to sell Welsh wool, before being converted into a courthouse in the 1870s. The cinema is immensely popular locally, screens a full programme throughout the year, and is the venue for the annual volunteer-run Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival.


Photo by Jill Bedford

Photo by Jill Bedford

Photo by Jill Bedford

As for the organising team in Shrewsbury, we are a bunch of volunteers who are passionate about conserving and celebrating our LGBT histories through all kinds of mediums.  We put on films, get involved in campaigns, and work with other communities around diversity and equality.

We are proud about what we have achieved as a community in Shropshire and recognise that we stand on the shoulders of many people, national and local, well-known and unknown.  We are aware that much of our history and many of our stories are hidden from view and we are really excited to be part of the National Festival 2017!


You can now download our full programme of events here (pdf)


The Coventry Hub for the National Festival of LGBT History is Organised by Coventry Pride, The charity which organises LGBT specific events in Coventry Including Coventry Pride.

coventryThe National Festival Hub date for Coventry is the 4th of February at the Coventry Central Library (Pictured Below) in the City Centre, The Central Library is situated on Smithford Way, in the heart of the city centre adjacent to the West Orchards Shopping centre.

The sessions will be held in the meeting room on the first floor of the library, volunteers will be available to direct visitors as required, Disable acess information http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/city-of-coventry/central-library-2



Museum of Liverpool 2 (C) Mark McNulty

Museum of Liverpool 2 (C) Mark McNulty

Discover Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world at the Museum of Liverpool. Thousands of objects chart Liverpool’s history from its beginnings as a small fishing village, to its rise as one of the world’s most important ports. Liverpool’s fortunes have risen and fallen throughout the course of history, bringing us to its current status as a world-renowned cultural leader and tourist destination. The Museum of Liverpool has been at the forefront of this resurgence, capturing the city’s journey under one roof, with absorbing stories, exhibits and displays that showcase the people and places that have shaped its history, while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues. The prestigious Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2013 was awarded to the Museum for its commitment to human rights as well as its work with children and families from all backgrounds.

‘Pride & Prejudice’, is a research project to identify items with a LGBT connection among National Museums Liverpool’s urban history collections at the Museum of Liverpool, and  fine and decorative art collections at the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House.

National Museums Liverpool is dedicated to exhibiting all aspects of culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues. We have a strong commitment to human rights, social justice and equality for all. The representation and contribution LGBT people have made to society over a long period of time has been largely misinterpreted or omitted. We hope that by uncovering the wealth of objects in our collections that reflect LGBT lives, histories and culture, we can help to make these stories more widely known and present them better to the public in accessible online collections.

‘Pride & Prejudice’ has been funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, more information here

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/museumofliverpool

Twitter: @museumliverpool



People’s History Museum

PHM LOGO - 3 roundels pinkPeople’s History Museum is the national museum of democracy and the home of ideas worth fighting for.  Meet the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters and citizens who fought our battle for the ballot. Gather amongst their magnificent banners and discover how time off was won (and spent).  Enjoy our main galleries, Changing Exhibition Gallery and Community Gallery, along with interactives and activities for visitors of all ages. Browse our shop for unique books and gifts and round off your day with a bite to eat in our cafe bar The Left Bank.

Never Going Underground: the fight for LGBT+ rights

Throughout 2017 we will host a series of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism. Visit our website for full details – Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights

Sat 25 February – Sun 3 September

Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights

27 Feburary 2016 LGBT History Festival People's History MusuemJanuary 1967: it’s illegal for men to have sex together, lesbianism is condemned as sinful or seen as a medical misfortune, and trans rights are non-existent.  50 years later, LGBT+ legal protection and equality is almost UK-wide.  There was, however, nothing inevitable about that progress, and there were steps back as well as forward.  This unique exhibition is curated by members of the local LGBT+ community.  It details the development of an LGBT+ movement, showing the internal and external struggles, the different party political approaches to equality, and the social and historical context of the last sixty years of activism.  This is the complex and compelling story of a long and often bumpy journey.

Family Friendly exhibition, suitable for all ages

In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

Suggested donation £5

10.00am – 5.00pm

Useful information

Visit every day from 10.00am to 5.00pm.  Free Entry

People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER

Tel/Fax: + 44 (0)161 838 9190 Web Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & Blog

Visit our website for full details of how to find us

The museum is fully accessible where possible.  See the Access page for further information.

NEW! Download our full OUTing the Past at the People’s History Museum Programme here! WORD or PDF



Lancashire Archives is home to 900 hundred years of Lancashire’s written heritage. They document the county’s diverse history and include the archives of people, organisations, local authorities and businesses in Lancashire, reflecting the changing landscape, communities and economy over nine centuries. Our mission is to inspire people and communities to explore their heritage; promoting and continuing to collect Lancashire’s archives while preserving them for everyone to use and enjoy, now and in the future.

In 2011 we held our first Outing the Past event as part of LGBT History Month to uncover some of the hidden histories of our LGBT communities and to pro-actively collect new archive collections. We continue to build on this work and are proud to be the Preston Hub of the Third National Festival of LGBT History in 2017 with the support of Lancs LGBT, Preston Pride, Lancaster Library and the Lancashire LGBT Network Group.

The Record Office is a glorious example of 1970s architecture and is situated behind County Hall in Preston with a small car park at the rear. Lancashire Archives is also easily accessible by train and is just five minutes from Preston train station. While the archives are situated up a flight of stairs there is disability access and parking spaces.

Lancashire Archives and Lancaster Library are services provided by Lancashire County Council and you can visit our web sites at www.lancashire.gov.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter @lanchistory

Lancs LGBT is a registered charity working across Lancashire (including Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool) for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGB and/or T) people. Their aim is to support LGB and/or T people in Lancashire to be happier, healthier and well connected. You can visit their web site at http://lancslgbt.org.uk/ and follow them on Twitter @LancsLGBT and Preston Pride @PrestonPrideUK

NEW! Download our official programme of events here (PDF)




York LGBT History Monthexplore


The York hub of the National Festival of LGBT History is organised by York LGBT History Month, an independent charity who coordinate a month-long programme of events for LGBT History Month in the York area.

The National Festival will take place in York on Saturday 11th February at York Explore Library (pictured below). York’s central library is situated on Library Square (off Museum Street in the centre of the city), within walking distance of the railway station, Park & Ride stops and local buses.

Presentations will be in the Marriott Room on the ground floor of the library, which will be signposted. Hot drinks, snacks and lunch will be available to purchase from the café.

A map to the library is available on the Explore website, and accessibility information is available via DisabledGo.

Our Festival Programme is available to download here in Word format or PDF format