Queer and the state

The National Archives, Kew, London, United Kingdom

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:00

This talk will delve into previously closed secret police and government files to explore how queer spaces were targeted and spied on in the 1920s and 1930s, enabling you to discover the resilience of the community in response.

Be introduced to some of London’s queer venues from the period; from the orientalist interior of the Caravan Club (‘said to be the most unconventional spot in town’), to the African American influenced Shim Sham Club on Wardour Street. The talk will conclude with an exploration of original documents from our collection, combining government and community perspectives to explore the history of queer spaces.

United Kingdom
The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew, TW9 4DU