Up Against It

‘1967: Up Against It’ explores the impact of the Sexual Offences Act (1967) passed on 27 July that year, and the 50th anniversary of the deaths of the borough’s most (in)famous gay couple, Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell, on 9 August.

Up Against It

Through the stories of well-known and some not so well-known gay men living in Islington before and after the act, this exhibition seeks to reflect the experience of men who could not declare their love freely and the difference the 1967 act made to them. Stories featured include those of Oscar Wilde, imprisoned at Holloway and Pentonville prisons, and record producer Joe Meek whose life, like Orton and Halliwell’s, also ended in tragic circumstances.

Collaged public library book covers created by Orton and Halliwell, a Halliwell collage and his newly acquired ‘World of Cats’ screen will be on display together for the first time. The exhibition further asks whether the sixth-month sentence the couple received for theft and malicious damage in 1962 was, as Orton asserted, “because we were queers.”

Join us for our Up Against it event on 17th October 18.00

Dates: Saturday 22 July to Saturday 21 October 2017

Opening timesMonday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10am – 5pm. Wednesday and Sunday: closed

Finsbury Rifles: Away from the Western Front. 3rd August to 24th August 1916.

Specialist training

Training was carried out intensively whenever a unit was away from the front line. It formed an important part of a soldier’s life, especially given the rapid development of new tactics and technologies as well as the large turnover of men in any given unit. On top of this, while not actively fighting the enemy, the sickness rates were high for all troops stationed along the Suez Canal. Specialist training included first aid, signalling, sniper skills, Lewis gun training and bombing (hand grenade) techniques. This was the period when the separate machine gun sections in each company were reorganised to form the 161 Brigade Machine Gun Company. This offered better support for the brigade and marked the start of a successful military career for the 22 year old Lt John Harding, at that time a junior officer in the 1/11 Finsbury Rifles.

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© IWM (Q 57855) Left to right: Captain-. 1/4th Northands Regiment; Lieutenant Colonel Lambert, 1/10th London Regiment; Lieutenant Harding, 1/11th London Regiment; Lieutenant Colonel John Brown, 1/4th Northans. 162nd Infantry Brigade, 54th East Anglian Division, Mahamdiyeh, near Romani, February 1917. BYRNE STANLEY CESNOLA (COLONEL) COLLECTION

 

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Date 3/8/16

Work on defences. Training and usual routine. Order received for half the Battn to proceed to OLDHAM to relieve 1/6 Essex Regt.

Location OLDHAM

Date 4/8/16

B and C Coy shifting camp to fill vacancy caused by departure of A and D coys to Oldham. A and D under MAJOR FW CLARK proceeded to OLDHAM by route march and relieved 1/6/ Essex Regt.

Location MANCHESTER

Date 5/8/16

B and C Coy training, Routine as usual.

Location OLDHAM

Date 5/8/16

Work on defences and specialist training.

Location MANCHESTER and OLDHAM

Date 6/8/16

Divine service under Regtl arrangements

Location MANCHESTER

Date 7/8/16

B and C coys training. Routine as usual.

Location OLDHAM

Date 7/8/16

Routine work and specialist training. 3 officers and 44 other ranks rejoined.

Location MANCHESTER

Date 8 to 9/8/16

B and C coy training and usual routine.

Location OLDHAM

Date 8 to 9/8/16

Routine work and specialist training.

Locations MANCHESTER and OLDHAM

Dates 10 to 11/8/16

Coy and specialist training. 3 officers and 73 other ranks proceeded to SHALLUFA EAST.

Locations MANCHESTER and OLDHAM

Date 12/8/16

Coy and specialist training

Locations MANCHESTER and OLDHAM

Date 13/8/16

Divine service

Locations MANCHESTER and OLDHAM

Date 14 to 15/8/16

Work on defences and specialist training.

Locations MANCHESTER and OLDHAM

Date 16/8/16

Work on defences and specialist training. Lt WG Pope rejoined from hospital.

Locations MANCHESTER and OLDHAM

Date 17 to 19/8/16

Work on defences and specialist training.

Locations MANCHESTER and OLDHAM

Date 20/8/16

Divine service.

Locations MANCHESTER and OLDHAM

Date 21 to 24/8/16

Company and specialist training resumed.


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Finsbury Rifles: Away from the Western Front. 17th July to 2nd August 1916.

Work on defences

The defence posts by the Suez Canal included a network of communication trenches.

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© IWM (Q 57788) Suez Canal Defences. Trench system, Ashton Post, December 1916. BYRNE STANLEY CESNOLA (COLONEL) COLLECTION.

Maintaining these trenches was a never ending task involving an immense amount of hard physical labour by the men. The trenches were lined with sandbags and boards but these gradually rotted away because of the heavy night dews and had to be replaced. The shifting sands of the desert gradually built up around the barbed wire defences and filled up the trenches despite their matting cover. It all had to be dug out and thrown at least 12 foot away.

 

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© IWM (Q57749). Suez Canal Defences. Fatigue party 1/11th London Regiment, 162nd Infantry Brigade, 54th East Anglian Division, repairing the revetting of a trench which had given way. Ashton Post, 1916. BYRNE STANLEY CESNOLA (COLONEL) COLLECTION.

 

The working day lasted 6 hours –usually split into a very early morning and a late afternoon session to avoid the heat of the day. In summer the temperature could reach 50 degrees Celsius.

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Date 17/7/16

Work on defences as usual. B Coy training. GOC 161 Bde visited the Post.

Date 18 to 19/7/16

Work on defences as usual. Battn finding usual guards and outposts.

Date 20/7/16

Work on defences as usual. Battn finding usual guards and outposts.

Date 21 to 22/7/16

Work on defences as usual. GOC 162 Bde visited the post.

Date 23/7/16

Divine service under Battn arrangements.

Date 24/7/16

Work on defences as usual. Remainder of Battn training 2nd Lt Gethy Bridge (13th Sherwood Foresters) returns to duty from hospital.

Date 25/7/16

Work on defences as usual. Remainder of Battn training.

Date 26 to 27/7/16

Work on defences as usual. Lt Gibson returned from duty with 162 Bde.

Date 28 to 29/7/16

Work on defences as usual.

Date 30/7/16

Divine service under Battn arrangements. Routine as usual.

Date 31/7/16

Routine as usual. 2nd Lt Lawrence rejoined for duty from Alexandria. C Coy commenced training.

Date 1 to 2/8/16

Work on defences. Training and usual routine. Lt WS Owen rejoined from English leave.

Under 5’s Winter Activities Programme at Islington Museum.

Join us at the museum for some messy play and imaginative storytelling, as the leaves fall and the weather turns colder!

Outside of our monthly programming we also have fabulous dress up boxes, toy kitchen and shop, exciting toys and lots to explore and learn, all in a warm and welcoming environment. Do drop in and visit us!

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September

Messy Play: Autumn!

10.00-11.30am, 21st September, 2017.

Make a mess with Autumn leaves, craft your own colourful fireworks and explore the season’s changing colours at our Autumn Messy Play.

Storytelling: Black History Month

10.00-11.30am, 29th September 2017

Explore stories from Islington’s diverse heritage, with an interactive and imaginative storytelling session, followed by making a craft to take home!

October

Messy Play: Black History Month

10.00-11.30am, 12th October 2017.

Explore some of the stories which make up Islington’s diverse history through fabric printing, messy crafts and play.

November

Messy Play: Remembrance

10.00-11.30am, 9th November, 2017.

Craft beautiful poppies, learn about Islington’s stories from World War One and collage your own pop up.

Storytelling: Remembrance

10.00-11.30am, 21st November, 2017.

Help us to remember the stories of World War One while taking part in a sensory storytelling adventure and making crafts to take home.

December

Messy Play: Magical Winter!

10.00-11.30am, 7th December 2017.

 Lets celebrate this chilly, snowy time of year, with sensory snow and sparkly messy crafts! 

Storytelling: Winter Stories!

10.00—11.30am, 19th December 2017.

Explore a winter wonderland on a storytelling adventure. Then let’s make beautiful winter crafts to take home.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

For more info please get in touch with Rebecca:

02075273235 or Rebecca.Campbell-Gay@islington.gov.uk