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Monday, June 04, 2007

Making an Exhibition of Ourselves: Queer Collections on Display

From Deirdre McGrath of MLA London via Diversity-Forum....

The following seminar is taking place on Saturday 30 June:

Wolfenden50 Conference: sex, life and politics in the British World since 1945
South Range Lecture Theatre
King's College London Strand Campus,
WC2R 2LS

Making an Exhibition of Ourselves: Queer Collections on Display Saturday 30 June 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, a British government inquiry into homosexuality and prostitution which profoundly shaped public debate on the regulation of these sexualities (and others), in Britain and beyond. Most famously, the Report recommended that homosexual acts between consenting adults in private ought not to be an offence and 2007 also marks the fortieth anniversary of the passage of this recommendation into law in the Sexual Offences Act of 1967.

Wolfenden50 will look at the ways in which minority/deviant/ marginalised/vilified/ sexualities have been lived, understood, regulated and constructed in the post-War period. Saturday morning will include a session outlining issues surrounding lesbian and gay archiving and collecting and will include papers from Anthony Manion of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa, Graham Willett of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and Sue Donnelly of the UK based Hall-Carpenter Archives.

There will also be an opportunity for discussion of the issues surrounding collecting, managing and promoting LGBT collections.

During the afternoon the 1967 and All That exhibition created by the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive and the Hall-Carpenter Archives will be on display at the Pride London Rally in Trafalgar Square.

A half-day registration is available for this event at a cost of £30. Registration <http://www.wolfenden50.org/Registration.htm> for this even is now open at www.wolfenden50.org/Registration.htm.

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