Exhibition: Out and About! Archiving LGBTQ+ history at Bishopsgate Institute

This exhibition CLOSED on Mon, 21st Mar 2022

Cost: Free of Charge

Bishopsgate Institute will be staging a take-over of The Curve at the Barbican with an installation of objects, ephemera and media highlighting 40 moments and stories in London’s LGBTQ+ history.

From placards carried at demonstrations to never-seen-before photographs documenting London’s gay scene over the past 40 years, the items drawn from Bishopsgate Institute’s extensive Special Collections and Archives present the stories of individuals, collectives and organisations who fought for social, political and cultural change.

The free exhibition, open for a limited three-week run, will feature a focus on protest including original OutRage! protest banners used in their campaign against Section 28 and a truncheon seized at a demonstration by Mark Ashton, the founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. This will be complemented by personal diaries, photographs, and treasured objects, many of which will be seen for the first time on public display, helping tell the story of LGBTQ+ life in London from 1982 to the present day.

The take-over of The Curve forms part of the Barbican’s 40th birthday celebrations.

Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Barbican Centre,

Silk Street, London,

Map of Barbican Centre


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