10 Years of Celebrating LGBTQ+ Heritage in Islington:

A retrospective look at the exhibitions curated by Islington Heritage

Islington has a rich LGBTQ+ history with many key events taking place in the borough and important organisations that have called Islington home. To preserve and celebrate this history the Islington’s Pride LGBTQ+ project was born.

Islington’s Pride is a project by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Islington Council, which collects, preserves and celebrates the rich LGBTQ+ heritage of our borough. The cradle of the Gay Liberation Front, the home of many pioneering queer figures and, of course – the place where everybody went out – Islington’s diverse LGBTQ+ heritage is all around us. Though Islington has changed over the years, its unique spirit is still very much with us. This project includes our Digital Heritage Trail, Archive, Oral Histories and Educational Resources, protecting this heritage for future generations. And in this unprecedented time, one where the importance of community, space and togetherness has been finally realised, the full impact of Islington’s Pride may still be to come. Find out more at www.islingtonspride.com

As part of LGBT History Month this year we thought we’d take a look back at the past 10 years of exhibitions created by Islington Heritage that explores and celebrate the considerable LGBTQ+ importance to the borough. For a limited period the exhibition panels from these exhibitions along with posters and photos of the exhibits (where possible) will be available on the Friends of Islington Museum website.


Malicious Damage tells the story surrounding the life and crimes of Orton and Halliwell in Islington. Accompanied by the surviving doctored covers, the exhibition reflects upon the couple’s creative and mischievous talents while resident in this north London borough. Read more…


Joe Meek, musician and sound engineer lived and worked in his recording studio at 304 Holloway Road, 1961-1967. From here he produced his biggest hit ‘Telstar’ and worked with many up and coming artists.  Read more…


Kenneth Halliwell: Collage showcases Untitled (No. 2), an original Halliwell collage recently acquired by Islington Heritage aided by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The exhibition reflects upon Halliwell’s creative and mischievous talent while living in Islington, North London during the 1960s. Read more…


An idea was born in 1990 that changed the face of clubbing forever. Trade –often copied, never equalled celebrates 25 years of after-hours clubbing in Islington. Read more…


In 2016 Islington Heritage was awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a dedicated LGBTQ+ archive which was the foundation of Islington’s Pride. In 2017 the exhibition explored the strong LGBTQ+ heritage and community in Islington. Read more…


A History of Gay Men in Islington. The Sexual Offences Act was passed on the 27th July 1967. Up Against It explores the stories of well-known gay men living in Islington before and after the act, which decriminalized homosexual acts between men aged 21 years or over in private in England and Wales. Read more…


Making the Invisible Visible is an exhibition that has emerged from the newly formed Islington’s Pride Archive held at the Islington Local History Centre. The exhibition explores the heritage preserved in the archives and aims to make visible lesser told stories in the LGBTQ+ community. Read more…


Islington’s Pride project aimed to collect archives not only to preserve LGBTQ+ heritage in Islington but to make those archives accessible to the public to celebrate the community and create understanding. The archives have been used as the foundation of many of the projects engagement activities and in 2020 a exhibit of archives was curated for LGBT History Month 2020 and Pride Month 2020. Read more…


Islington’s Pride is an ongoing project, head over to the website to find out more. Read more…


Photographs of the launch night or celebration parties for the LGBTQ+ exhibitions held in the Islington Museum. Read more…


Acknowledgements

These exhibitions would not have been possible without the generosity and support of several individuals and organisations. Please see the individual exhibition webpages for acknowledgements

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