LGBTQ+ histories

In this episode, we bring you four stories that span 200 years of British history. Two women leave their families to make a new life together in Wales in 1780; a Manchester drag ball in 1880; a secret gathering space for gay men in 1920s London; and a community archive collected by Black LGBTQ+ Londoners.

Download the full episode transcript here.

Documents from The National Archives used in this episode: CRIM 1/387, PROB 10/5282, PROB 10/5128.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the stories featured in this episode, read our blogs on The Ladies of Llangollen and Fitzroy Square. Our guide to sexuality and gender identity history provides advice for researchers interested in LGBTQ+ histories.

For help navigating our catalogue, you can watch our top level tips on using Discovery.

You can find out about London Metropolitan Archives by visiting their website. Dr Thomas McGrath’s research blog can be found here.

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