Saturday, October 20, 2007

1967 & All That - Event

1967 and All That logo40 years ago, the law was changed in England and Wales and homosexual acts between consenting males over 21 were finally decriminalised. The Hall-Carpenter Archives of lesbian and gay activism, based at the London School of Economics, and the Lesbian & Gay Newsmedia Archive, host an afternoon of talks and film screenings to commemorate this landmark in gay history.

Speakers include:

* Dr Matt Cook of Birkbeck College, editor of A Gay History of Britain, on the context of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act and the road to reform
* Rex Batten, author of Rid England of This Plague, on life for gay men during the police campaigns against them in the 1950s
* Robert Thompson of the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive on "Twilight Men and Cake Shop Ladies: Homosexuality in the Press in the 1950s and 1960s”
* Tamsin Bookey, project archivist at LSE, on working with the LGBT community to preserve and make accessible the historical records of the gay rights movement

The afternoon also features rare full-length screenings of two BBC Man Alive documentaries about male and female homosexuals, originally broadcast in 1967. There will also be an opportunity to view the touring exhibition produced for the 1967 & All That project which uses records from the Hall-Carpenter Archives and the Lesbian & Gay Newsmedia Archive to illustrate the story of the Sexual Offences Act.

The event takes place on Saturday October 27th at 1.30pm at LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD (nearest tube: Holborn). Tickets cost £5 and are strictly limited in number. Advance purchase is necessary to guarantee admission.

To buy tickets using your credit or debit card, please call LSE Archives on 0207 955 7223.

For more information about the project, email or visit our website:

1967 & All That is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund under the Archives 4 All programme.

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