Steering committee

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 17.20.01Ajamu

Ajamu is an acclaimed london artist working with predominately black male portraits, self portraits and studio based constructed imagery (see website). His work has been shown in many prestigious galleries, museums and alternative spaces around the world including: Neuberger Museum (NYC) Tropen Mu- seum (Amsterdam) Neus Gallery (Austria) Schirn Kunstalle (Germany), Foto Institute (Rotterdam) ,Pinacoteca Do Estado (Sao Paulo) and Guildhall Art Gallery (London). Work has been published in a wide variety of publications, critical art journals, and campaign materials and reside in many private and public collections worldwide. He is participated in and delivered many photo-related workshops, lectures and symposiums. Ajamu is one of the founders of rukus!


rukus! Federation is known for its long-standing and successful programme of community-based work with Black Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual, Trans artists, activists and cultural producers nationally and internationally. Our work has a reputation for being dynamic and participative, and includes one off events, screenings, workshops, theatre performances, club based events, debates and exhibitions.

The rukus! Archive launched in 2005, generates , collects, preserves an makes available to the public historical, cultural and artistic materials relating to our lived experience in the UK. The archive is currently deposited at London Metropolitan Archives.

Pic 2Simon Avery

I am Reader in Nineteenth Century Studies at the University of Westminster, where I have taught since 2007. I have particular research interests in the relationship between nineteenth-century literature and politics, women’s writing, queer writing, and the 1890s (see page). With Katherine M. Graham, I am Co-Director of the Queer London Research Forum, which we established in 2013 in order to investigate the experiences of queer London, and co-editor of Sex, Time and Place: Queer Histories of London, c.1850-Present (Bloomsbury, 2016).


Tamsin-BookeyTamsin Bookey

Tamsin Bookey is a professional archivist whose former roles include cataloguing collections within the Hall-Carpenter Archives at LSE and at Black Cultural Archives. She sits on the management committee for the volunteer-led Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive, held at Bishopsgate Institute. In 2002 she co-founded queer club night Unskinny Bop which is still going strong in Bethnal Green.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

Tamsin is currently Heritage Manager at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives where she oversees a small team collecting, preserving and and celebrating the history of London’s East End on behalf of the public authority.

10985896_10152752333441722_8165494702740270705_nSean Curran

I am currently writing up my AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) funded practice-based PhD at UCL Institute of Education. My research is based on my curatorial practice (see research blog), specifically with my two LGBTQ exhibitions at the National Trust property Sutton House in Hackney, East London: ‘Master-Mistress’ (Feb 2014) and ‘126’ (Feb 2015). I have also exhibited at the V&A’s first ever LGBTQ themed Friday Late ‘Queer and Now’ (February 2015). I am Exhibition Consultant for the LMA’s Speak Out! project and was co-curator for Twilight People: stories of faith and gender beyond the binary. I have been part of the steering committee for the LMA annual LGBTQ History and Archives Conference since 2012.

I have volunteered with the National Trust since 2013, including on the London Project’s pop-up tours of the Big Brother house and Balfon Tower in Poplar. I have spoken at conferences around the world about LGBTQ interventions in museums and historic buildings, including in Amsterdam, New York and Taipei. My last publication was about collecting and exhibiting LGBTQ oral his and her-stories, and featured in On Sexuality: Collecting everybody’s experience, published by MuseumsEtc in 2015. I currently work in a school in Hackney.

Twitter: @MeltingSwans

IMG_8726Kirsty Fife

I currently work as Outreach Archivist at the Parliamentary Archives, where I am responsible for leading on outreach initiatives and community engagement work, as well as supporting exhibition curation, social media content and public engagement programmes. I graduated from the Archives and Records Management MA at UCL in
2013, after writing a dissertation on ethical archiving of zine subcultures. Alongside my professional and academic work, I am a cultural organiser and creative practitioner (see blog). Recent projects include Weirdo Zine Fest (a one day fair celebrating publications by radical and marginalised voices) and Under Yr Own Power: Interviews with Women and Queers in DIY Music (zine forthcoming)


Parliamentary Archives

The Parliamentary Archives provides access to the archives of the House of Lords, the House of Commons and to other records relating to Parliament. We also provide a records management service for both Houses of Parliament.

Parliamentary Archives twitter:

KMG pictureDr Katherine M. Graham

I am a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Westminster (see page). My research focuses on revenge and Early Modern revenge drama. In particular, I am interested in the queerness that we might find in the drama and in the figure of the revenger. Along with Simon Avery, I am the co-director of the Queer London Research Forum and the co-editor of Sex, Time and Place: Queer Histories of London (Bloomsbury 2016). I am also a theatre reviewer for The Morning Star.

Twitter: @KMG_DrRevenge

Queer London Research Forum / The University of Westminster

The Queer London Research Forum is based at the University of Westminster and was established in September 2013. It aims 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.

haywardClaire Hayward

Claire Hayward recently completed her PhD in LGBTQ public histories at Kingston University (see research blog), where she also took an MA in Early Modern History and a BA in History. Claire is currently Researcher for the Historic England/Leeds Beckett project ‘Pride of Place’ and teaches FE History at a Surrey college.

Twitter: @HaywardCL



Michelle_ALMSMichelle Johansen

I am a social historian and heritage practitioner responsible for the interpretation of Bishopsgate Institute’s historic library and archive collections. I contribute content to all aspects of the Institute’s digital and face-to-face public programme to create opportunities for audiences to discover the history of nineteenth and twentieth-century London through original sources. My day to day activity includes: devising and delivering courses for adult learners; collaboratively curating temporary exhibitions and cultural events; and providing ideas and creative content for social media campaigns.

Twitter: @historitage

Bishopsgate Institute

Bishopsgate Institute is an independent library, archive and cultural institution established in the 1890s. The Institute delivers a programme of courses and events for adult audiences inspired by its world-renowned special collections. The collection strengths include London, labour, radicalism, protest and LGBTQ+ histories.

Bishopsgate twitter: @BishopsgateInst

LGBTQ2015_018Jan Pimblett

Jan’s background is in teaching. She joined LMA in 2001, having gained an MA from the University of London Institute of Education in Museums and Galleries in Education. As Principal Development Officer she is responsible for project management and developing and running LMA’s outreach and interpretation programmes for schools and colleges, adult learners and community groups.

Jan is responsible for developing the London Metropolitan Archives LGBTQ+ annual History and Archives conference, now in its 13th year. She is currently leading on the Speak Out London LGBTQ+ community history project, which will make a collection of oral histories, images and resources available online and at LMA.

Speak Out! twitter @SpkoutLDN_LGBT

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA)

London Metropolitan Archives holds a vast collection of London history dating from 1067 to the present day. The collections cover the City of London and Greater London. The collections reflect the development of London and the lives of Londoners through documents, printed books, photographs, films, maps, plans, prints and drawings.

The collections include material from businesses, local government, charities, hospitals, community and campaigning groups, families and individuals, court and legal records and education. LMA’s collections are designated as being of national and international importance.

image_largeGemma Romain

I am a historian, consultant and researcher in Caribbean and Black British history, with a particular interest in modern queer black histories, Black histories and visual culture, Jewish histories in modern Britain, and modern Grenadian history (see website). I am an Honorary Fellow of The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton and recently have worked at The Equiano Centre, Department of Geography, UCL, on various projects relating to Black British history. I am the co-founder and curator of The Equiano Centre’s Queer Black Spaces event series. My book Race, Sexuality and Identity in Britain and Jamaica: The biography of Patrick Nelson, 1916-1963 will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017.

I have a particular interest in museums, curating and public history and am the curator/co-curator of several displays and exhibitions including the 2014-2015 Tate Britain ‘Spaces of Black Modernism: London 1919–39‘ (co-curated with Caroline Bressey, Emma Chambers and Inga Fraser).