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Pride of Place: England's LGBTQ Heritage

Queer heritage is everywhere. What we today call Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) histories are embedded in the buildings and landscapes all around us. Pride of Place uncovers and celebrates places of LGBTQ heritage across England, ranging from the frontiers of Roman Britain to the gay pubs and clubs that remain important in our lives today.

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  • Marchers carrying Kenric banner with wording: 
Uniting Lesbians Nationwide
"proud of our history"
come and join us
www.kenric.org.uk

    Why LGBTQ Places Matter

    The built environment is where we have lived, loved, socialised and taken shelter. Not only does it meet our needs, it reflects our lives and desires.

  • Screen grab of a History Pin map of England titled Pride of Place: England's LGBTQ Heritage.

    Your Contributions

    A key feature of Pride of Place is an interactive crowd-sourced map that identifies places that are relevant to LGBTQ heritage and history.

  • Women on a march

    Who's Included?

    Many historical locations and sources shed light on LGBTQ pasts. Some identities, groups and periods have been better recorded than others.

  • Peter McGraith and David Cabreza wait to get married inside Islington Town Hall

    Love and Intimacy

    How same-sex couples have celebrated their relationships over the centuries.

  • Interior of sitting room at Charleston Farmhouse

    Homes and Domestic Spaces

    Homes provided security and safety for some LGBTQ people. For others, home was the place of greatest risk.

  • Black and white photo of guests wearing fancy dress at the Chelsea Arts Ball, which was held in the Royal Albert Hall, 1926

    Meeting and Socialising

    LGBTQ people have used all kinds of places and buildings to meet and find partners for sex, love, socialising and for political activism.

  • Black and white photo of a close group of four women and two men. One of the women holds an umbrella. Another sits on her lap with her eyes closed.

    Workplaces and Creativity

    At certain historical moments, LGBTQ people have been associated with some areas of employment more than others.

  • Drawing of Anne Bonny and Mary Read dressed in men's clothes, and pursued lives as pirates

    Trans and Gender-Crossing

    There are rich histories of people crossing gender throughout English history that resonate for trans and genderqueer identities today.

  • Court room, almost empty but for six people including three policeman going about their work or talking.

    Law and Oppression

    Anglo-Saxon laws made no mention of same-sex desire or sodomy. Sexual activity between men wasn't criminalised until the reign of Henry VIII.

  • Group of 12 young men and two women all dressed in casual clothes posing on a moored barge and the tow path during a canal trip, 1972. Paul O'Grady, is third from left.

    Activism and Communities

    In response to oppression and social marginalisation, LGBTQ people gradually came together to campaign against unjust laws.

  • Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, home to Horace Walpole, is an example of Queer Gothick architecture

    LGBTQ Architecture

    LGBTQ people have designed buildings throughout history but is there such a thing as queer architecture?

  • Art deco entrance hall at Eltham Palace.

    Historic Sites' LGBTQ Heritage

    Our partners at English Heritage Trust have researched the hidden LGBTQ stories at some of England's world famous historic sites.

  • The Long Bar at the Trocadero

    My Pride of Place

    Celebrities and campaigners tell us about the places that are important to them.

  • Map of public lavatories in London in 1937.

    Our Approach

    Pride of Place is an initiative led by a team of historians and scholars at Leeds Beckett University's Centre for Culture and the Arts.

  • Black and white photo of a group of young men and one woman in high spirits posing for a post-match photo.

    Credits

    The contributors and sources that helped to create Pride of Place.

  • Black and white photo of the front of the Silver Moon Bookshop photographed from the street with pedestrians walking past.

    Reading List

    A reading list of sources for LGBTQ heritage information.

Related publications

  • Pride of Place

    Published 23 September 2016

    Understanding and Protecting LGBTQ Heritage