LGBT+ History: Lessons for and from our trainee teachers

University of Manchester History PGCE by Thomas Donnai, University of Manchester History PGCE and Dr. Jeff Evans, Manchester University, Schools OUT UK. Visits to countless schools over the past 3 years, and scrutiny of countless curricula seem to confirm one thing to me: we don’t ‘do’ LGBT History very well in schools. Of real concern […]

Jane Hoy & Helen Sandler – Writing Festival Theatre

Writing Festival Theatre: Living Histories Cymru Jane Hoy reflects on how she and her partner, Helen Sandler, turned two local women who had become hidden from history into a ‘conversation in costume’ for OUTing the Past 2016. They have now produced a second show, about the Ladies of Llangollen, which they are offering in 2019. […]

David McAlmont enters the Closets

Renowned singer songwriter David McAlmont delves into the closets of the UK’s historic houses to explore LGBTQ histories and their contemporary significance to create a new performance   Historian and respected singer songwriter David McAlmont has produced a series of performances drawing on LGBTQ histories, commissioned by Professor Richard Sandell, researcher and museum practitioner at […]

Happy History Month 2018!

LGBT History Month 2018 is here!   Schools OUT UK is the official founder of the initiative so this year’s official theme is Geography – Mapping Our World. This will be our 14th year! As ever, hundred, if not thousands, of events will be taking place up and down the country. To find out what’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Prejudice and Pride: Exploring LGBTQ History at National Trust Places

Prejudice and Pride at the National Trust The National Trust Magazine have produced an article supporting their Prejudice and Pride exhibitions across some of their sites. “Many of our places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we’re exploring […]

OUTing the Past: the Salop Assizes

Salop Assizes 1949 In the Spring of 1949, a Shrewsbury man, Geoffrey, sought assistance from the police, after his friend, Percy, was assaulted. What followed was not what they  expected. Their call for help led, instead, to the arrest of many gay men from the town; suspected of ‘gross indecency’. By mid-Summer, Geoffrey and another […]

A Warrior With Some Marker Pens, Glue and a Photocopier!

Our second blog post from one of our excellent speakers from OUTing the Past: The 3rd National Festival of LGBT History, which is coming to the Museum of Liverpool on 25 February, is Andrew Dineley. Andrew is the Creative Director of Soft Octopus Design Studio and will be discussing his activism and work designing, amongst […]

‘Corruption of Public Morals’! – OUTing the Past at the Museum of Liverpool

In the run up to our free conference OUTing the Past: The 3rd National Festival of LGBT History on 25 February, we will be publishing some special guest blogs by our exciting speakers to give you a flavour of the day and to find out more. Our first is Valerie Stevenson, Head of Academic Services, Liverpool […]