LGBT History Month Lectures 2017

Pride This Year!


February is the month that celebrates diversity and the University of Winchester’s Modern History Research Centre (MHRC) has chosen LGBT’s history as its theme for this year. The MHRC is organising an exhibition, in partnership with Winchester Discovery Centre, where early career researchers from different universities around the country will exhibit research posters on historical perspectives and events of LGBT+ communities in modern history.


LGBT History Exhibition

1st to 28th February 2017 at Winchester Discovery Centre (Discovery Centre’s Wall Space), in partnership with the Modern History Research Centre at the University of Winchester.

LGBT History Month Exhibition Discussion and Free Public Lecture

Friday 10th February at Winchester Discover Centre

6:30-7:30pm, Discovery Centre’s Wall Space – LGBT History Exhibition: Opening and Discussion with exhibitors.

7:30-8:30pm, Discovery Centre’s Lecture Theatre – Public Lecture: Dr Emma Vickers (Liverpool John Moores University, author of Queen and Country: Same-sex desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945) –Sanctuary or sissy? Male cross-dressing as entertainment in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945’

Following the end of the Second World War, revues like Pacific Showboat, Soldiers in Skirts, Forces Showboat, Misleading Ladies and Ralph Reader’s Gang Show capitalised on the appetite of audiences for ex-servicemen in drag. This lecture will consider how the populace of post-war Britain acquired their affection for ex-servicemen in drag through an examination of men in the British Armed Forces who informally cross dressed to entertain their colleagues during the Second World War. It will focus in particular on how these performances were understood by those who viewed them.

Hampshire Pride LGBT History Symposium 2017

23rd February 2017 at 7pm at the University of Winchester

The annual Hampshire Pride Symposium will this year feature two excellent papers on two quite different parts of LGBT history; Gabby Storey will discuss lesbianism in the nineteenth century, and Karl Alvestad will explore the masculinity and heteronormativity of the Viking Age.

For more information and tickets please see our Eventbrite.




All LGBT History Month Lectures and Exhibitions are Free!