Islington’s Pride, a project created by Islington Heritage and awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2016, presented its first exhibition in 2017. The foundation of the project was to create a LGBTQ+ archive reflecting the community’s stories and heritage in the borough. Find out more about the project at www.islingtonspride.com
The exhibition in 2017, Islington’s Pride – Collecting for the Future, aimed to present the importance of Islington to LGBTQ+ heritage in the UK and as a call out to assist with building the archive. The exhibition encouraged visitors to leave comments and contributions, including charting places of interest in the borough on a large map displayed on a wall.
Between 13th January and 28th February 2017 a selection of LGBTQ+ archives held by the Islington Local History Centre went on display at the Islington Museum. Many of the archives on display, including the newspaper cuttings that were arranged on the wall, have now been added to the Islington’s Pride online catalogue and can be viewed by appointment at the Islington Local History Centre. The Centre is currently closed due to Covid-19 safety measures but enquiries can be sent to email@example.com
A newly acquired collage piece went on display for the first time in this exhibition. The large four-panel collage screen, unofficially titled World of Cats created by Kenneth Halliwell in 1966 was obtained with funds raised from an Art Fund grant and a private donation.
The exhibition accompanying the display explores the various people, places, events and organisations that make Islington an important part of the UK’s LGBTQ+ heritage.
- View the Islington’s Pride – Collecting for the Future exhibition panels
- View the online Islington LGBTQ+ archive catalogue
- Visit the Islington’s Pride website
Researched and written by Alex Smith
Islington Local History Centre | Islington Museum
Islington Heritage Services wish to thank the following for their support and generosity for this exhibition:
Art Fund, Tony Brown, Martin King, Islington Gazette, Laurence Malice, and the London School of Economics Archives