February 1 marks the beginning of LGBT History Month in the UK and I thought I would flag up a few things that the Hall-Carpenter Archives will be involved with and attending.
Tonight I’m off to the opening event of Out Proud and Fierce at the City of London Gallery. This exhibition of portraits of under-35 black, British born LGBTQ artists, activists, poets and writers by Ajamu who is a member of Rukus! will be at the Guildhall Art Gallery until 14 April. This evenings free event will include live music, spoken word cabaret and cocktails.
If you are down in Bristol from 2 February – 3 March M Shed has an exhibition Revealing Stories telling the hidden histories of Bristol’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities through images, artworks, oral history and memorabilia. The exhibition is a collaboration with Outstories Bristol and includes items from the Hall-Carpenter Archives relating to Bristol Gay Liberation Front and Bristol Gay Switchboard. The exhibition opens tomorrow with a talk by the writer and director Neil Bartlett.
On 16 February I’ll be speaking at Brave New World, the 10th LGBT history conference organised by London Metropolitan Archives. I’ll be part of a panel composed of community members and archivists discussing the future of collecting LGBT archives and studying the history.
Meanwhile on the otherside of the world the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco is opening Queer Lives, Queer Archives from Around the World. Curated by artist in residence E.G.Crichton the exhibition features materials from archives around the world, including material from Antony Grey’s archive and the Homosexual Law Reform Society taken from the Hall-Carpenter Archives. There is also a short video of me talking about our experience of working with LGBT archives over the past 20 years. So if you are lucky enough to be in San Francisco the exhibition is on until May 2013.