Senior lecturer Caroline Nielsen writes:
What sources are available for historians interested in historic LGBTQ+ experiences?
The answer is that there is a surprisingly large amount of materials now available to us. We just need to know where to look and how to access it. So, please allow me to introduce some excellent introductory resources, and some tips on using them. Most of these collections focus on late 19th and early 20th centuries collections. I’ve tried to provide links for all.
Primary Sources and Key Movements
Key national collections and research guides about LGBTQ+ activism in the UK include:
- The National Archives UK Sexuality and Gender Identity History Research Guide: with links to key record series and search tips.
- The Hall-Carpenter Archive (LSE): primary source collection relating to gay and lesbian rights and equalities movement.
- British Library LGBTQ Histories: contains articles and information on British Library resources.
- Bishopsgate Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA): an archive of news and media items about the LGBQT+ communities.
- London Metropolitan Archive (LMA) LGBTQ+ collections
- Wellcome Collection: museum, library and archive with multiple archival and digital collections on the history of medicine, health and society. Particularly relevant will be the sex and sexual health, sexology, and HIV/AIDS posters collection guides.