OUTing the Past: The 3rd Allan Horsfall Lecture

UPDATE: VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE
We are delighted to include the video of the Third Allan Horsfall Lecture, recorded at Liverpool John Moores University. Diana Souhami, the award-winning author delivered her lecture ‘The Painter Gluck, “no prefix, suffix, or quotes” and Other Notable Lesbians’ and Bisi Alimi the founder and the Executive Director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, an organisation working to accelerate social acceptance of LGBT people in Nigeria.

OUTing the Past 2017: A resounding success – National Archives

On Saturday 11 February, we were proud to host an OUTing the Past: National LGBT History Festival event, exploring LGBTQ+ history that can be found in our collection and beyond. As one of the national hubs for OUTing the Past, and in the year that sees the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, the […]

Transgender Day of Visibility 2017

True Colours – Trailblazing Transgender Visibility in the British Armed Forces Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) takes place annually, on 31st March, to celebrate the achievements of trans people across the globe, by making them visible, and heard. I first became visible in 1998, when I finally became strong enough to live my true life […]

Thanks on Behalf of Schools OUT

Schools OUT(UK) extends a BIG THANK YOU to all of the literally thousands of people that attended one or more of last month’s OUTing the Past events during February 2017’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History Month. This stunning success of the 3rd National Festival of LGBT History was only made possible by the endeavour […]

Rewind Fast Forward: Sandi Hughes’ History of the Liverpool Scene

[container] [column type=”one-half” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px”] [/column] [column type=”one-half” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px”] “I’m a feminist film-maker, DJ and poet. From the 1970s I started documenting what I now see as Liverpool’s subcultures and the intersections with the local LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi and trans) and BAME (black and Asian minority ethnic) history. At the time, I was […]

Trade Unions Championing LGBT Equality at People's History Museum

Peter Purton, who retired recently as the TUC’s LGBT officer, has written a book to fill a big gap in the history of how we won LGBT rights in Britain: trade unions played an enormous part in all our victories but this is invisible to most people. From the beginning of our struggle for equality, […]

The Jan Bridget Collection at Lancashire Archives is OUTing the Past in the North West

The co-founder of Lesbian Information Service (1987-1998) and Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale (1999-2011) is giving an introduction to the ‘Jan  Bridget Collection’ held at Lancashire Archives in Preston.   “All too often,” Jan said, “the history of LGBT people, in particular lesbians, is hidden.  It is fantastic that Lancashire Archives agreed to accept my […]

Andrew Dineley Presents Three Decades of HIV/AIDS Design in Merseyside

Andrew has worked with the health, education and charity sectors for three decades, designing many acclaimed and award winning public health campaigns, including Liverpool’s first HIV/AIDS materials during the 1980s, when he was employed by the NHS. He now writes about design for a couple of international magazines and runs his own creative studio in Liverpool […]

But What Can They Do in Bed Anyway? Lesbian Sexuality and the Law

Female same sex acts have never been outlawed in the UK (at least in civilian society). It’s sometimes suggested that this was because Queen Victoria didn’t believe such a thing existed. But how true is this theory? Join Jenny White of Warp & Weft to explore historical beliefs about female biology and sexual desire, and […]

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 […]