Untold LGBTQ stories as Queer History Fair returns

Stefan Dickers examines LGBTQ media portrayal in the past

Some of the most dynamic LGBTQ and heritage organisations in the capital were back in Lewisham this week for the 2nd annual Queer History Fair at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Attendees were promised a chance to speak to the people “making queer history, and making history queer”.

The fair included stalls and break-out sessions with activists and guests from 16 organisations including the Museum of London, Haifa Queer History Project, London Metropolitan Archives and Queer Britain.

Queer History Fair returns to Goldsmiths. Pic: Humayun Nazir.

Justin Bengry, convener of the MA in Queer History at Goldsmiths and one of the event’s organisers, said the fair helped guests and students to understand “just how much Queer History work has been done in so many exciting ways”.

Stefan Dickers, Special Collections and Archives manager at Bishopsgate Institute, said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to be here today to show people what we’ve got, whether to help them with their studies or if they’re just interested in what it was like to be queer 50 years ago.”

The event takes place in the run up to LGBTQ History month, held in February in the UK.

You can watch the full story about the Queer History Fair on ELL+ on Thursday, January 24, available on this website.

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