Changing seasons: 2018 exhibitions & events at Senate House Library

Queer Between The Covers

The Queer Between The Covers (QBTC) exhibition and events season has now finished. It has been a great success and one of SHL’s most popular seasons to date. For the last major public event of the season, there was the sold out ‘Saving Gay’s The Word & Being Gay in the 80s’ held on 14 June with Graham McKerrow and Jim McSweeney in conversation. They retold the shocking events that led up to and throughout Custom and Excise raids in the 80s, displaying the headlines of the day, paired with insightful and moving reflections on what it was like being gay in the 80s. We’ll shortly be uploading video footage of the event in case you missed it.

Whilst the QBTC season has now finished, the legacy of the season will continue digitally. You can still add your choice of book that has helped shaped your queer identity to the Queer Between the Covers digital bookshelf and use the QBTC microsite as a resource and platform for sharing LGBT history.


Rights for Women: London’s Pioneers in their Own Words

Continuing our 2018 theme of social reform, SHL’s next exhibition and events season is Rights for Women: London’s Pioneers in their Own Words which opens on Monday 16 July.  

The free exhibition and events season explores over 50 of London’s female pioneers who broke barriers to drive change and establish rights for women. Focusing on the late eighteenth century onwards, it features the diverse, unique and, in some cases, forgotten stories of trailblazing women in the spheres of politics, employment, education and reproductive rights.

Their stories are told through the rare and precious books, letters, objects and photos held at Senate House Library, providing a platform to ensure a lasting legacy for these women’s words and inspiration for future generations.

Help ensure a legacy for these pioneering women’s words and continue their hard-won victories - visit the exhibition, take part in events and share their stories #RfW18 #RememberHer

Watch this space!