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Saturday 5th December 2020 – Celebrating its 18th birthday, the LGBTQ+ History Conference is ‘coming of age’, yet it is still grappling with important themes in history and heritage. #UnorthodoxConf

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This year explores a variety of topics and themes, including:

  • How to Search LGBTQI+ Historical Records
  • What should go into a Queer British Museum?
  • What are the Missing Voices in LGBTQI+ History?
  • In what way faith, religion, and belief intersect with sexuality, transition(ing), identity and dissent?
  • How can we redress the invisibility, erasure and misconceptions of LGBTQI+ people in general and LGBTQI+ people of faith in particular?

Programme Details

10.00-10:20 Opening and Highlights of the last 18 Years LGBTQI+ Archives Conference

10:20-11:05 ‘Coming of Age’ – Looking back at 18 years of the LMA’s LGBTQI+ Archives Conference. Pre-recorded and live Q&A moderated by Sean Curran.

11:05-12:05 Live talks, virtual tour of the LMA and document viewing

12:05-13:00 Lunch and networking in breakout rooms

13:00-14:00 Panel Discussion: Missing Voices in LGBTQI+ History? Moderated by Revd Jide MacCaulay.

14:00-15:00 Live talks, virtual tour of the LMA and document viewing

15:00-16:00 Panel Discussion: Queering Museums and Archives – The future of LGBTQI+ History & Heritage in the UK.’ Pre-recorded and live Q&A moderated by Dan Vo.

16:00-16:45 Cultural Close with Club Kali, Thank You and Goodbye


‘#What Would You Put in Your Queer Museum?’ If you could offer up one object to tell your story, what would that be? Queerator Dan Vo and Bishopsgate Archives’s Jeroen van Dijk facilitate a workshop that explores how collections can be more representative of the many voices of our diverse and beautiful LGBTIQA+ communities. 

‘LGBTQI+ Narratives of Belief in the Oral History Interview’ An Interactive Talk utilising multi-media materials, by members of The Oral History Society’s LGBTQ Special Interest Group.

‘What Gender is God?’ The history of religion is gloriously queer!’ Join Cheryl Morgan for a fascinating talk that will begin with the start of human civilisation in the city states of Sumer, then look around the world and through history at a variety of religious beliefs. It will look at gods who are both male and female, who change gender, and who play with gender.

‘A Practical Guide to Searching LGBTQIA+ Historical Records’ Based around Norena Shopland’s development of her book A Practical Guide to Searching LGBTQIA+ Historical Records this session will instruct participants in recognising, and searching for, historic material.

Booking Details

This year’s conference will be hosted on Zoom. All attendees who have registered via the Eventbrite link will be sent a full programme and session booking form later in the autumn, via email. Please note that some sessions will have a limited capacity so early booking is advised. The Zoom link will be sent to you 48hrs before the conference.

Ticket Prices

London Metropolitan Archives is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to this year’s conference. This year we will be ticketing the conference using a ‘pay what you can’ model’ The cost of a full price ticket to support London Metropolitan Archives in covering costs for the conference is £30.00. A suggested minimum payment is £10.00 however we would encourage those who can pay more to do so. Any profits made from the conference will go directly back into the Learning Programme, supporting us to continue our work.

London Metropolitan Archives is also able to offer a limited number of free places to those who are unwaged or on a low income. Please email for more information .

Please note

The London Metropolitan Archives is committed to promoting equality and inclusivity on its premises and online. All LGBQI+ Archives Conference delegates receive equal treatment regardless of their gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, faith/belief/religion, ethnic, racial or socioeconomic background, immigration status, age or ability.

We operate a zero-tolerance approach to any delegate being subjected to harm, threats of harm, bullying and harassment, discrimination, or any inappropriate behaviour or language, and reserve the right to remove delegates that display abusive and harmful behaviour from the conference with immediate effect.

The City of London Corporation is committed to equality, inclusivity and diversity and we stand in solidarity with BAME colleagues and communities. Black Lives Matter.