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OUTing The Past: A celebration of LGBT+ history

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People's History Museum is once again the Manchester hub for this nationwide festival of LGBT+ history.

Join us for another exciting Radical Late and enjoy talks, discussions, theatre and more.

Suitable for all ages.


  • 5.00pm – 5.30pm: Playing With The Past: Quick History Festival Theatre This is a presentation on LGBT History Month’s Festival Theatre to date.  It covers the process of creating the first four pieces of festival theatre: A Very Victorian Scandal, Mister Stokes: The Man-Woman of Manchester, The Burnley Buggers’ Ball and Burnley’s Lesbian Liberator.  There will be clips from the films of each play, an account of the historical source material used and the process of dramatisation, along with some thoughts on the dilemmas the work to date has wrestled with.


  • 5.45pm – 6.20pm: Edward Carpenter – His LGBT+ legacy Edward Carpenter is not as widely known about as he should be.  His writings on LGBT+ issues, the life he led as a lover of other men and his influence on modern day LGBT+ rights needs to be recognised and celebrated.  This is his story and the story of our journey to get him more widely recognised.


  • 6.30pm – 7.00pm: Documenting Trans Britain’s History The history of trans people in Britain has not been told in an ordered, coherent way until very recently.  The project to publish Trans Britain aims to kick start a conversation about gathering more before the witnesses pass away.


  • 7.10pm – 8.00pm: Sapphic Suffragettes: the key role of lesbians in the fight for votes for women One hundred years on from the first granting of the vote in Britain, this presentation will highlight the key role of lesbians and bi women in the fight for women’s citizenship.  It will explore the evidence that a number of the women leading the campaign for women’s suffrage were lesbians/had relationships with other women.  These women include commander-in-chief Christabel Pankhurst, chief organisers Annie Kenney, Grace Roe and Olive Bartels, and leading militants Emily Wilding Davison, Mary Leigh and Lilian Lenton.  The presentation will also consider how concerns about such relationships fuelled the split in 1907, which gave rise to the Women’s Freedom League.  Whilst there has been some recognition of sexual relationships between women within the movement, the extent of such relationships among the Women’s Social and Political Union’s (WSPU) leading figures is under explored.