'Both heads of the house': The love of Eva Gore-Booth and Esther Roper
Eva Gore-Booth and Esther Roper lived in a committed life-long lesbian relationship for nearly 30 years until Eva's death in 1926. The history of their relationship provides us with a rare insight into lesbian subcultures at the turn of the 20th century.
The fact that lesbianism was never illegal in Britain means that we cannot depend on criminal accounts to uncover the lives of lesbian women. Added to this there are further complications in recording lesbian history as women were not granted equal rights in political, social and economic terms and therefore all women are marginalised from the records of history.
However, as we will see in this special free talk by Associate Professor Sonja Tiernan, Eva and Esther also left behind an alternative archive providing us with a fascinating insight into the histories of LGBT+ people into the early 20th century.