1967 Up Against It

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

Islington's Pride

Islington’s Pride: an archive for the future

We are very excited to be launching a new exhibition at Islington Museum – Islington’s Pride: an archive for the future.

Tuesday 31 January – 16 March 2017
Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, Open daily 10am – 5pm
(closed Wednesday and Sunday)

This exhibition takes a look at some of Islington’s LGBT+ heritage through the organisations, people and places where history was made. Over the next two years we aim to create an LGBT+ archive for Islington, so come and give us your ideas on what we should collect

We will also be displaying our newly acquired Kenneth Halliwell ‘World of Cats 1966’ screen artwork for the first time. We were able to purchase this unique piece with the help of the Art Fund and private donation.

As part of the exhibition we are running 3 free walks in collaboration with CIGA. These will take place on:

Saturday 11 February 11am
Saturday 18 February 11am
Saturday 25 February 11am
Booking for these walks is essential