London-based LGBT archives

Having a gay old time

Highlights from LAGNA, published originally in Gay News in 1980 Highlights from LAGNA, published originally in Gay News in 1980

Doing research into LGBT history? Between the documentary ‘Having a gay old time’ and my current short interview film I’m editing about sociologist Prof Jeffrey Weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time trawling through physical and virtual archives.

In London, there’s the brilliant LAGNA in Bishopsgate Library, which houses most UK newspaper references to homosexuality from the 19th century to today. I found some brilliant photos that had been used by the Gay News in 1980.

At LSE, there’s the Hall-Carpenter Archives, which houses essays, photos and ephemera around the early days of the Gay Liberation Front in London. They’ve also posted a few brilliant photos of the first GLF march to their Flickr stream: HCA Flickr

I know the BFI National Archives also have a wealth of LGBT-related material, which I’d love to inspect. But, sadly, any…

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