LGBTQ+ Oral History – Untold Stories

Untold Stories Oral History Project was set up by volunteers to capture the memories, experiences and personal histories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community (LGBTQ+) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The following exhibitions were written and curated by Anna Larner for the Heritage Lottery funded Oral History Project, Untold Stories.

LGBTQ+ Oral History Project Pilot Exhibition at Leicester Central Library.
The Pilot Exhibition.

The Pilot Exhibition, hosted by Leicester Central Library

The Pilot Exhibition, hosted by Leicester Central Library, was written to celebrate the launch of the Project, in History Month, February 2012. This was the first LGBTQ+ exhibition to be hosted by the library.

LGBTQ+ Oral History Project Touring Exhibition at Newarke Houses Museum.

A Touring Exhibition

A touring version of the exhibition travels throughout the region to support LGBTQ+ events. The exhibition has been displayed in a variety of venues, including Pride festivals, colleges, and the Curve Theatre, Leicester.

Shown here at Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester. Nov 2014.

Permanent LGBTQ+ Oral History Exhibition

The permanent exhibition was housed at Leicester LGBT Centre. It was one of the first permanent LGBTQ+ exhibitions in the UK.

LGBTQ+ History Project Exhibition panels, memorabilia Leicester's LGBT Centre.
Untold Stories
LGBTQ+ History Project - Untold Stories - Leicester LGBT Centre Exhibition
LGBT Centre Leicester

Untold Stories DVD

Anna Larner also produced and curated a DVD as part of this project. The DVD brought together: archive footage of the first official Leicester Gay Pride in 1986; with poetry from local poet Bobba Cass; and selected poignant clips from the many oral histories preserved by this project.

Leicester LGBT Centre

The Leicester LGBT Centre is one of the longest-running centres of its kind in UK, dating back to the mid-1970s when it was founded as Gayline. The building in Wellington Street in Leicester city centre has been its headquarters for more than 25 years.