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LGBT Archive time capsule

The LGBT Archive (formerly The LGBT History Project) is an archive of the the knowledge and memories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people living in the UK.

It’s a virtual time-capsule, capturing the experiences of our time as well as the achievements and challenges of previous centuries – the changing law, the amazing response to health epidemics, the newspapers and magazines that come and go, TV programmes, sports, lesbian, gay, bi and trans businesses, arts, music and theatre, and of course events, pubs and clubs. Anything you can think of that has been related to you as an LGBT person. You can even write about yourself!

This project is now a Key Partner of LGBT History Month.[1]

In 2015 CHE voted to support this project.[2]

Note: we are currently unable to display images from Wikimedia Commons. This is a known problem, affecting about half the articles on this site. We are working towards a solution. Meanwhile a slightly older version of this site, with all the relevant pictures in place, can be viewed at courtesy of the British Library.


Finding information

There are several ways to find information on this site. Note that anywhere you see a word or phrase in blue, you can click on it and be taken to the item in question. If you see words in red, they are links to an article that hasn't been written yet.

"Leap of Faith" logo for LGBT History Month 2016

Who is writing it?

You are! If you know a bi, gay, trans or lesbian person, have been a member of a gay club, read a gay newspaper, have a memory of going out with your mates to a gay pub or club, we want to hear about it – wherever you are in the country. If you’ve never done anything gay, because there was nothing in your area, or you were too scared, we want to hear about that too! We also want to hear from those that run gay clubs, businesses, venues, media – when did they start, who started them? Why were they started? Who joined?

Alternatively you can write something personal to you, a ‘vox-pop’. This could be your ‘coming out’ story, or your experience of visiting your first gay bar. These first-person stories are valuable for academics who seek ‘qualitative primary sources’ – i.e. a story that is not necessarily factual, but gives a glimpse of your personal experience and your own viewpoint. If you created one of these, there’s no need to disclose your actual name, and prefix the page title with ‘VP’ and suffix it with the year, e.g. “VP: Joe B’s Coming Out 1985” or “VP: Joe B’s first gay bar 2001”.

If you want to know where to start contributing, click ‘Special pages’ and then ‘Wanted pages’ – this will give a list of page links that have currently not been written. Pages that do not currently have links to, but which we think are important to create, can be found at Articles needed. We would also very much like some information about the remaining small number of Districts with no LGBT history.

We've created a category of "Stub" pages - there are pages with only the most basic information, which we haven't yet had the time or the information to make into a proper article. Any help on these would be very welcome. See Category:Stubs.

For more about contributing to this Wiki, see LGBT History UK:Writing for this Wiki.

Some recent articles

Rebecca Root
A few of the articles we've added recently:

For a full list of recent additions, see New Pages.

Did you know?

Edward White Benson
  • Edward White Benson (pictured), Archbishop of Canterbury, is thought to have been a repressed homosexual; his wife, his brother-in-law, and five of his children were almost certainly gay or lesbian.
  • Chelsea Manning, American soldier serving 35 years in gaol for leaking military secrets, went to school in Haverfordwest.
  • the poet Lord Byron swam from Europe to Asia in 1810, which is said to have started the sport of open water swimming.
  • Sir Winston Churchill was accused in 1895 of "gross immorality of the Oscar Wilde type".
  • The Ladies of Llangollen eloped from their families in 1780 and lived together for the rest of their lives.
  • Sex between men was illegal in the Isle of Man until 1992.
  • the sixth century King Maelgwn of Gwynedd in North Wales was described as "addicted very much to the detestable vice of sodomy".
  • In 1981 the London Pride march was moved to Huddersfield.
  • The former Spitfire pilot and racing driver Robert Cowell had gender reassignment surgery in 1951, becoming Roberta Cowell.
  • In the 18th century, gay lovers Stephen Fox and John Hervey were both MPs and subsequently members of the House of Lords.

Some other resources

Some sources of information about LGBT history


  1. Accessed: 2015-11-10. (Archived by WebCite® at
  2. Accessed: 2015-06-24. (Archived by WebCite® at