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Queer Club culture in London, 1918–1967

September 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Speaker: Victoria Iglikowski-Broad, Diverse Histories Principal Records Specialist at The National Archives

Despite the risks involved, the twentieth century saw a thriving underground queer community develop.

The talk will explore a number of spaces, from the Caravan Club, known as ‘London’s greatest bohemian rendezvous’, to the lively Shim Sham Club, so named after the Harlem tap dance.

Using unique archive items, this talk seeks to tell the important story of some of the clandestine LGBTQ+ spaces that were raided and closed by police and the covert methods of communication that had to be relied upon.

Through photographs, court reports, witness statements and even tantalising love letters that were never meant for our eyes, this talk will give an insight into these little know, underground venues and the powerful voices of individuals inside them.


This online talk will be presented via the FLOW platform.

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  • The latest version of Mozilla Firefox

Internet Explorer and Safari for MacOS are not currently supported by FLOW.

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September 18
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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