In the lead up to our OUTing the Past Festival of LGBT History
at the Museum of Liverpool
, 23 February, we will be sharing blogs from our wonderful speakers.
Fourth up is Natasha Walker who was recently appointed co-chair of Switchboard
She tells us more -
Advert for the Switchboard from 1985
“This is the untold history of Switchboard - the LGBT+ Helpline, the oldest volunteer-led LGBTQ+ charity in the UK. I have spent the last two years looking through these incredible records, and it is no understatement to say that the milestones of the LGBTQ+ communities can be traced in the calls Switchboard has taken since 1974.
The presentation will focus on the Switchboard's log books - a functional written record of the calls taken by our volunteers - which now through the work I have done in opening the archive, can be seen as a unique chronological retelling of LGBTQ+ history, experiences and attitudes from inside and outside of the communities throughout the years.
Catch Natasha's talk at 3:30pm
4th March 1984. The Switchboard's 10th anniversary
A snapshot from the Switchboard archives from around the time of the official launch @bishopsgateInst