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LGBT Archive time capsule

The UK 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.

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

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

In December 2015 the project was renamed from The LGBT History Project to The UK LGBT Archive.[3]

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 could be! We need more people as volunteer editors, researching and writing up new articles, or improving existing ones. If you're interested in LGBT history, or if you've been involved in some area of LGBT life that's not well covered in our articles, we want to hear from you. 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? The one thing that we do ask, wherever possible, is that you document the sources of the information so that other people can follow it up.

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". If you 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, 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've got a small number of articles with Vox Pop entries, and would welcome some more.

The Articles needed page gives a list of items that we think out to be written up, but don't yet have their own articles. We would also very much like some information about the remaining small number of Districts with no LGBT history any help on these would be very welcome. See Category:Stubs.

For more about contributing to this Wiki, see LGBT Archive: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
  3. Jack Flanagan, "LGBT wiki is 'necessary' for the preservation of our history". Gay Star News, 5 December 2015. Accessed: 2015-12-05. (Archived by WebCite® at