Thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to the weekend events – and everyone who helped to make them happen! We anticipate lots of photos coming in – here are the first glimpses and there will be more to come …

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It is all starting

Once that ball starts rolling there is just no stopping it – we are on our way to Back in Time 2.

The Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Exhibition went up on 4th February – tick

The Shrewsbury History Festival Exhibition went up on 11th February at Participate Contemporary Artspace – tick (and a whole load of fabulous people have come forward at short notice to invigilate it so we can keep it open)

A bit additional – because we can’t help but add things – today (14th Feb), we headed off to New College Telford to their Pride Day and – we also hosted a session on LGBT History nct_graffitifor first year degree students from University Centre Shrewsbury, at Participate!

What next?

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is Projection day and we are looking forward to seeing Andy McKeown’s projection, inspired by XYZ (Shrewsbury’s LGBT Youth Group) as it shines onto the Market Hall Building on Mardol Head from dusk.

caz_basrah_iraq_2005Thursday is the start of school visits as Caroline Paige joins us to talk to students at Marches School and Shrewsbury VI Form College. Thursday is also the opening of Giselle Louise Ryan’s Same but Different Exhibition at the Hive, 5 Belmont at 6.15pm – come on down, we’d love to see you there.

Get tweeting, sharing, even talking to each other – and we’ll see you sometime over the next few days!

Next up – Friday Launch

Download your copy of the full programme here: Back in Time 2

#Salop17, #LGBTHM17

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Exhibitions go up!


Button & Bear

With a little over a week to go until our Launch Night on 17th Feb, things are starting to bubble nicely in Shrewsbury. A walk up Castle Street yesterday and we saw a great window display in the children’s bookshop Button & Bear and another in the library. As the town starts to buzz we popped into the Museum & Art Gallery where there is small exhibition in the Community Space with artefacts from the museum stores linked with LGBT ephemera. This opened on 4th Feb and runs through until 23 April.

Today we start to set up our main festival exhibition at Participate Contemporary Artspace – there is an opening celebration here on Saturday 11th Feb at 2pm to raise a glass of plonk to the exhibits, which include a brand new set of giant History Boards! Drop in  and join us.

Museum & Art Gallery

Museum & Art Gallery

On Wednesday 15th February the 2017 Projection starts, running for 4 nights after dusk on the Market Hall Building at Mardol Head. This year’s projection has been designed by Shrewsbury’s young LGBT Group XYZ, with Andy McKeown at Wild Strawberry once again at the helm.

Thursday 16th Feb eases us gently towards the weekend as we join Giselle Louise Ryan at the launch of her gender questioning exhibition ‘Same But Different’ at the Hive at 6.15pm.

Meanwhile, our guest Caroline Paige will have arrived and started visiting schools and colleges in the County including Marches School in Oswestry, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, Meole Brace School and New College Telford – quite a circuit!

Diana Souhami arrives Friday morning and we are hoping to do some interviews with Radio Shropshire betwixt and between events.

And then the Launch. We are delighted to say that we have completely run out of tickets so we expect a turnout of approx 160 people, including 2 Mayors and the Town Crier. We have a full and exciting programme, some nice nibbles, stalls, exhibits, lovely volunteers in festival T-shirts and a tasty tipple courtesy of Barefoot Wine.

For a full downloadable programme of our festival activities click here: Back In Time 2

#Salop17 #LGBTHM17

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2016 Launch Night


Friday Night is Launch Night for the 2017 National Festival of LGBT History in Shrewsbury and we are looking forward to seeing you there.

Doors open at 6.15pm at University Centre Shrewsbury on Friday 17th February. Entry is FREE but by ticket only, so please do make sure you book – here is how to do it.

2016 Launch Night

2016 Launch Night

Tickets. The first release (Dec) has 'sold out'; the second (Jan) is going fast. Please book your ticket here: FRIDAY TICKETS.

The Friday launch night is a big celebration – the start of a weekend full of fascinating, fun, thought-provoking experiences. The line-up includes some remarkable presentations:

Diana Souhami

Diana Souhami

Tales of Hidden Heroes: Lesbians and Modernism: Diana Souhami
Modernism would not have happened without the lesbians who gravitated to Paris, formed their own community and were at the vanguard of cultural revolution …


Caroline Paige

True Colours: Trailblazing Transgender Service in the Military: Caroline Paige
The untold story of what it meant to be transgender in the British military before and after permissive service. From 1980 to 2014, the highs and the lows, in peacetime and in war.

Andrew & Peter

Andrew & Peter

Heroic Architects of the 1967 Act: Peter Scott Presland and Andrew Lumsden

One of the most inspiring stories that LGBT and Straight students can ever hope to hear about our 20th century history is that moment, in July 1967, when England and Wales – having stood out against every modernising tendency in Continental Europe for nearly 200 years – suddenly drew ahead, even of the continental United States and began the process of reining in the police.

More information and tickets click here:

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There is a lot going on here so click on the links below to take you where you want to go!

SATURDAY MORNING – presentations by schools and colleges – everyone welcome. 10.15am start at the University Centre Shrewsbury. 18th Feb 2017
FREE Event – no need to book, just come along on the day

SATURDAY AFTERNOON – taster presentations and theatre piece. 2pm start at the University Centre Shrewsbury. 18th Feb 2017 FIND OUT MORE
FREE Events – no need to book, just come long on the day

SATURDAY EVENING ENTERTAINMENT – music, theatre and laughs to round off your day. Doors open 7pm at The Hive, 5 Belmont SY1 1TE. 18th Feb 2017
£12. More information and tickets – click this link: TICKETS TO THE SHOW

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We start in the morning with 2 films programmed by the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival before moving venue for the last event of the festival – the Salopian Rainbows’ finale film!

Film 1: Tab Hunter Confidential 10.30am at the Old Market Hall cinema. Tickets £5 – click here for more information and to book tickets: Film 1

Film 2: Peacock 12.30pm at the Old Market Hall cinema. Tickets £3 – click here for more information and to book tickets: Film 2

Film 3: The Celluloid Closet 2.00pm at the Hive. Tickets £5 – on the door or in advance from the Hive Online here  or at their Box Office:  5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE, 01743 234970

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Introducing Diana Souhami

… award-winning English writer of biographies, short stories and  plays including the Whitbread Prize winning ‘Selkirk’s Island’, ‘Edith Cavell’ and ‘Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter’.

We are delighted to announce that Diana will be joining us for the 2017 Festival. Continue reading

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9 days to go

… and we are a third of the way to achieving our target – click here to donate and share: Continue reading

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23% and growing

We woke this morning to find the Crowdfunder at 23% which is brilliant and with 12 days to go we hope to achieve our target of £2,000. Continue reading

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