Join a tour to view the Special Collections and Archives housed at Bishopsgate Institute. It has been freely open to the public since 1895. This tour will look at important items from LGBTQ such as the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (a national collection of over 350,000 press cuttings regarding gay history) and the organisational archives of Stonewall, Outrage! And Switchboard (formerly London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard) along with badges, banners and even a wizard’s costume. Bishopsgate Institute’s collections also contains a wide range of resources relating to the history of London, including thousands of Travel Guides from all around the world, radical and social movements, feminism and much more.
Stefan Dickers is the Library and Archives Manager at Bishopsgate Institute and looks after the Institute’s Special Collections on LGBTQ history, along with the Library’s numerous other collections on the history of London, the labour movement, co-operation, freethought and humanism, and protest and campaigning. He qualified as an archivist in 2001 and started at Bishopsgate in 2005. Previous to this, Stefan worked in the archives of the London School of Economics and Senate House Library. He is also secretary of the Archives and Resources Committee of the Society for the Study of Labour History.
The tour will be one of the options during the 5:30 Salons on day 1 of the conference