Local events for LGBT History Month 2008-10



We arranged the following for LGBT History Month 2010:

  • Lots of mini displays in places like libraries and civic centres, including some new places which we didn't use in 2009
  • A talk by author Narvel Annable about his new novel and about gay life in 1960s Derby and Nottingham
  • 4 performances of "The Gay Man's Guide" at the Lace Market Theatre + a talk-back evening when there will be a discussion about the play
  • Our annual LGBT History Pub Quiz
  • Tony Bilton's Gay History Tours
  • A small publication based on some of the interviews which we have carried out
  • Another Exhibition of resources and materials developed and gathered by Nottinghamshire's Rainbow Heritage. The exhibition was held in the Studio at Broadway Cinema from Tuesday Feb. 23rd to Sunday Feb.28th. A slide show of the exhibition can be seen by clicking HERE
    • This year's novelty was a preview of the exhibition on Tuesday February 16th and to do this we used the Ballroom at the Council House. There was a display in the foyer of the Council House and other displays in the Ballroom. The following things also happened on the night

      • We presented awards to 3 local organisations/people/groups which have benefited the local LGBT Community
      • We presented the first two Michael Raymond memorial awards. These are for groups, venues, organisations and individuals who are no longer with us
      • We showed a video of the Nottingham Pride march
        • There was - as usual - (free) food and drink
          The awards were presented by the Sheriff of Nottingham


Our LGBT history exhibition was held over five and a half days at the View from the Top gallery. About 200 people attended the launch night at which author Narvel Annable presented certificates to the Lookout Magazine team, a representative from the Chameleon group and - in absentia - to Richard McCance. Richard was able to receive his certificate a few days later. The evening ended in mild hysteria when several people had to be rescued by firemen having got stuck in the Waterstones' lift for 90 minutes.

Nearly 700 people (and a dog) attended the exhibition in total and the comments were extremely favourable along with several useful suggestions for the future.

We wish to thank Nottingham City Council, the Co-op and Nottingham Switchboard for their financial support for the event and to Debbie Law of the New Foresters for providing us with several wine boxes.

Displays were also being organised for:

Nottingham Council House
Arnold Library
Angel Row Library
Rushcliffe Borough Council
Radcliffe on Trent Library
Newark Library
Newark Civic Centre
Mansfield Civic Centre
Mansfield Museum
West Bridgford Library
Beeston Library
Sneinton Library
St Anns Library
Broxtowe Civic Centre
Gedling Civic Centre
The Racial Equality Council
Bassetlaw CVS
Sherwood Lodge Police HQ
Nottingham Register Office
Rushcliffe Register Office
There was the 4th Annual LGBT History Quiz at the Lord Roberts. 55 people attended.
Tony Bilton organised one of his Gay History Tours

Other events were organised by Healthy Gay Nottingham, Castle College, North Notts College, Duncan Macmillan House (NHS) and Trent University.

NRH's resources are also being used during February by organisations in London, Devon, Powys, Ipswich and Loughborough. We hear that our 600 Famous LGBT Faces was used at a major event in London at which Ben Bradshaw MP was one of the speakers. As he got up to speak his "LGBT Face". by remarkable coincidence, appeared simultaneously on the screen behind him


The most important event was the launch of Nottinghamshire's Rainbow Heritage via its exhibition at the View from the Top. Nearly 500 people attended over the 6 days.

Awards were presented by Councillor Leon Unczur to:

  • The Holocaust Centre for its acknowledgement of gays and lesbians who were killed by the Nazis
  • Ike Cowen, for service to gay rights locally and nationally
  • The Foresters - for its continued presence as a lesbian and gay bar for 50 years
    • We also had a large display at Angel Row Library, an LGBT HIstory Pub Quiz at the Lord Roberts and a talk on Nottingham CHE in the 1970s.

For later years, click HERE

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