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Events: LGBT History conference

The ninth annual LGBT History and Archives Conference is to be hosted at the London Metropolitan Archives on Saturday 3 December 2011.

This year’s conference ‘Resist… Action… Change…’ takes the theme of the responses of activists and organisations to today’s challenges in working for LGBT rights and recognition.

I have attached a conference programme detailing both our morning keynote speakers and afternoon workshops focusing on ‘Education and Learning’ and ‘Collecting, Preserving and Accessing Community Archives’.

The conference is a unique event of interest to anyone involved professionally or as a student in the field of gender and LGBT studies, those with personal or professional interest in LGBT research and community groups and individuals working for LGBT rights and recognition.


Achieving Authenticity: Optimizing your Personal and Professional Potential by David Equality Watters, a writer and speaker on social inequality issues and a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK

Gateway to Heaven: Creating artistic projects from interviews with older LGBT people by Clare Summerskill, a playwright, a singer-songwriter and a lesbian comedienne with an international following.

Lenin in Warsaw – Resistance is Futile by Tim Bennett-Goodman and Hi Ching, Artistic Director of River Cultures

Resistance and Actions Needed Towards Religious and Cultural Changes by Jide Macaulay, British-Nigerian born and founding Pastor of House Of Rainbow Fellowship London


These take place in the afternoon and include:

Getting to the History: What Can LGBT Related Records Tell Us? led by Professor Alison Oram who teaches History, twentieth century gender history, and social and cultural history at Leeds Metropolitan University

Developing Learning Activities Using Historical LGBT Records led by London Metropolitan Archives

Archives in Action led by Ajamu, an artist and co-founder of The rukus! Black LGBT Archive

Saving and Caring for Community / Personal Collections led by The Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA)

To book your place at this year’s conference or for more information about this and our other events please call 020 7332 3851 or email

Places are strictly limited and early booking is advised.

Note on the London Metropolitan Archives: this is the largest local authority archive in the UK and unrivalled in the scope and range of the materials relating to the capital that make up their extraordinary collections.

It has an established record of working with LGBT community organisations and others on archive and research projects including the conference. To find out more about the Archives visit their website.



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