The Hidden Histories Seminar explores the importance of researching diverse history locally and regionally, providing examples of good practice. It runs 29-30 November 2016 at the University of Plymouth.
Brighton has long been known as the ‘gay capital’ of England, but the city is also a centre for trans communities and histories. A recent project called Brighton Trans*formed, undertaken by QueenSpark Books, recorded the lives and experiences of Brighton’s transgender community in their own words.
From the 1950s to the 1970s the Lockyer Tavern on Lockyer Street in Plymouth was an important social space for gay men, in particular its ‘back bar’. Originally the home of a local surgeon, Sir George McGrath, the building that housed the Lockyer became a hotel in 1862. With expansions in the late nineteenth century and survival through WWII, it was a well-known queer location for much of the second half of the twentieth-century.