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Sat, 17 Feb


The National Archives

A visit to the National Archives

Join us to view records relating to iconic moments of queer history, insights into West London’s historic queer community and unexpected everyday voices of history LGBTQ+ people. Meet at Kew Gardens Station at 9:45, with a 15 min walk to the archives, and lunch afterwards for anyone who’s keen.

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A visit to the National Archives
A visit to the National Archives

Time & Location

17 Feb 2024, 10:30 – 12:30

The National Archives, Bessant Dr, Richmond TW9 4DU, UK

About the event

To celebrate LGBT+ History Month, we are welcoming you to The National Archives to view a range of records relating to past LGBTQ+ lives.

The National Archives might not seem like the most obvious place to research queer history; however, their collections give a valuable insight into how government interacted with and viewed LGBTQ+ communities in the past.

Their records reflect the policing and regulation of sexuality and gender identity but also surprising moments of defiance, everyday acceptance and queer joy.

Their collection contains unique records related to past LGBTQ+ lives, from calling cards to illicit love letters.

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