Lecture: Daphne Du Maurier

>To mark the centenary of her birth, the National Portriat Gallery is hold a lecture examining the life of Daphne du Maurier, author of many bestselling novels including The Breaking Point(1959) and The Birds, which was later adapted to become a successful Alfred Hitchcock film in 1963. Sunday 8 July, 15.00 National Portrait Gallery Ondaatje […]

Equal Power 2028

>2028 will mark the centenary of the Equal Franchise Act, which gave women the vote on equal terms to men. Yet today women are still missing from positions of power.Snapback Hats Wholesale. Research from Cranfield business school shows that, in 2007, women hold just 7.2% of all FTSE 100 directorships. Non-executive women directors are making […]

1967 and All That

>In 1957 the Wolfenden Report recommended that homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence and in 1967 the revised Sexual Offences Act received the Royal Assent and became law in England and Wales, heralding the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality. 1967 and All That is a touring exhibition […]

The Boatswain’s Mate

>Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) was born to a strict military family in which she was introduced to music and composition as ladylike activities suited to her position in society. As a teenager, however, she became determined to pursue music as a career and went on a prolonged hunger-strike to persuade her formidable father to allow […]

Good Evening, Miss Dietrich

>Marlene Dietrich’s bisexual exploits, her fondness for butch drag and her medal-winning heroism in the Second World War have added to the legend that has already enthralled several generations of gay men, stretching right back to Weimar Germany, where Marlene’s career began. It was in the Berlin of the 1920s that the aspiring actress would […]

Wolfenden50 – Conference

>Wolfenden50: Sex/Life/Politics in the British World 1945-1969 2007 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, a British government inquiry into homosexuality and prostitution which profoundly shaped public debate on the regulation of these sexualities (and others), in Britain and beyond. Most famously, the Report recommended that homosexual acts between consenting adults in private ought […]