Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections (ALMS) 2016, an International LGBTQ+ Conference hosted by the City of London through London Metropolitan Archives in partnership with Bishopsgate Institute and the University of Westminster.


ALMS is an international conference focussed on the work by public, private, academic, and grassroots organisations which are collecting, capture and preserving archives of LGBTQ+ experiences, to ensure our histories continue to be documented and shared. The conference began in Minnesota in 2006 when the Tretter Collection and Quatrefoil Library co-hosted the first LGBT ALMS Conference. The last conference took place in Amsterdam in 2012 and saw archivists, activists, librarians, museums professionals and academics from around the world coming together to share success stories and discuss challenges involved in recording LGBTQ+ lives.


To reflect our emerging global community, the 2016 conference is titled ‘Without Borders’. Our aim is to generate a dialogue within the co-dependent fields of LGBTQ+ historical research and collecting, and share experiences, ideas and best practice through a programme of presentations and short talks that explore margins, borders, barriers and intersections, past and present.  Themes covered will include:

  • Barriers –in accessing LGBTQ+ content within existing collections, and in collecting material from LGBTQ+ communities
  • Intersections – collecting, cataloguing or researching subjects which share multiple / contrasting identities
  • Margins – researching elusive or liminal subjects; learning, research or projects taking place outside formal institutions
  • Connections – uniting individuals or communities across boundaries through heritage or research
  • Border police – navigating the formal standards of the heritage sector, including official terms and language or constructions of identity

Tickets and booking

Full three day ticket (includes Tuesday evening reception)

£220 Institution
£100 Self-funded / unaffiliated
£40 students / unwaged / concessions (proof required)

You can book online here.

The ticket includes admission for all three days of the conference plus the reception event on the evening of Tuesday 21 June.

The ALMS conference 2016 is being delivered on a not-for-profit basis by London Metropolitan Archives, Bishopsgate Institute and the University of Westminster in order to encourage dialogue and share knowledge in LGBTQ+ histories and cultures. The conference is not being funded as part of a wider project and the organisers are unable to cover speakers’ costs except in cases where keynote or invited speakers are prevented from attendance for financial reasons. A small number of bursaries have been made available to support attendance.


We are pleased to announce the dates, host venues in London and booking for the Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections International LGBTQ Conference 2016.

Visit the new Venues tab to see further information about the three conference sites


Tuesday 21 June
An evening reception to welcome delegates to London and the conference. All delegates are invited to a welcome drinks reception at the University of Westminster from 6-9pm. The reception will take place in the Boardroom of the 309 Regent Street building and will be a great chance to meet some of your fellow delegates and the steering committee members before the conference begins.

To help us with drinks catering, if you are interested in attending could we please ask that you register via this Eventbrite page: https://goo.gl/N8kkXe


BI Logo 2015 - green on whiteWednesday 22 June
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH.


Bishopsgate Institute is an independent library and cultural institution holding special collections on the history of London, labour, free thought and co-operation. We have recently acquired a number of globally significant LGBTQ collections, including the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive and the organisational archives of Stonewall and Outrage. Our collections inspire a lively courses and events programme as well as being freely accessible to independent researchers.



QLRF logo#2Thursday 23 June
Queer London Research Forum at the University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, W1B 2HW.

The Queer London Research Forum (QLRF), based at the University of Westminster, was established in September 2013. Its aim is to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion on various aspects of queer London, c.1850-present. By bringing together academics, practitioners, students and those with an interest in queer issues more generally, we hope to encourage dialogue and debate about the range of London’s queer lives and experiences.







LMA_outlines_CS_PMS_borderFriday 24 June
London Metropolitan Archives, 40, Northampton Road, EC1R 0HB www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/lma

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is the largest local authority archive in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. The collections date from 1067 to the present day.

COL_LOGO_2COL_Blk_v2LMA houses a number of significant queer collections and has run an influential and ground breaking LGBTQ History and Archives conference since 2003, attracting UK based and international speakers and delegates. LMA is currently working with queer communities through an oral history project called Speak Out London – Diversity City.

There will be a chance to collect together for a post conference drink on Friday 24 June.





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