Discovery session: Divining diversity - LGBTQ history in our collections

, 18.30–19.30 FREE
Image used to illustrate the exhibtion Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty, at the British Library. Images copyright LSE Library and Peter Tatchell.
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This session, for Readers with a current Reader Pass, provides an introduction to finding LGBTQ references in the Library's collections.

Evidence of sexual minorities and gender non-conforming identities are scattered throughout history. Understanding how archives have catalogued and articulated these identities in the objects they collect is essential to finding sources to inform your research.

This discovery session will be led by Steven Dryden, Sound Archive and Humanities Reference Specialist, Editor of British Library LGBTQ Histories and co-curator of Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty, the 2017 British Library exhibition which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales

To find out more please email us at or speak to a member of staff at the Humanities Reference Desk.

Please note that our Reader sessions are held within our Reading Rooms, so you will need a current Reader Pass. If you wish to attend you should get, or renew, a Reader Pass.


When: , 18.30–19.30
Length: Approx. 1 hour
Group size:

Up to 12 Readers per session

Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: British Library St Pancras
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