LGBT History Month 2014

January 10, 20144:49 pmLeave a Comment

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) History Month takes place every year in February and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. This is an opportunity to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Surrey and elsewhere.

Dame Ethel Smyth (Jenni Waugh, 2002)

Dame Ethel Smyth (Jenni Waugh, 2002)

This year Surrey Heritage has teamed up with Surrey Libraries and the University of Surrey to celebrate the 2014 theme of music. Dame Ethel Smyth, composer of opera The Wreckers and Suffragette battle hymn March of the Women, was a resident of both Frimley and Woking and she will be the main focus of 2014’s celebrations.

Here’s what is happening:

Surrey History Centre

  • Musical Passions, Tues 4 February – Sat 1 March 2014.

A small display celebrating Surrey’s connections with Dame Ethel Smyth, and Sir Peter Pears, partner of Sir Benjamin Britten. Free display in the foyer at Surrey History Centre. For opening times please visit the website

 Surrey Libraries

  • Dame Ethel Smyth – a musical life Wednesday 5th Feb 2014, 19.30pm– 21:00.

Join us for a journey through the life and music of composer and Surrey resident Ethel Smyth. The talk is being given by Lewis Orchard, secretary of the Woking Concert Society, at the Surrey Performing Arts Library. Book tickets online at, by phone on 01483 4399 or at your local library. A small handling charge may apply, tickets include refreshments. All tickets are non-refundable, please see the website for more details.

  •  Dame Ethel Smyth Sat 1 February – Fri 28 February 2014.

A display focusing on the life and achievements of Dame Ethel Smyth. Throughout February at Surrey Performing Arts Library, free entry. For library opening times please visit

Taster displays celebrating the life of Ethel Smyth taken from Surrey History Centre’s Musical Passions display and featuring books from Surrey Libraries LGBT collection, Out Lit. Throughout February at the following libraries: Epsom library, Woking library, Walton library, Dorking library, Camberley library, Redhill library, Cranleigh library and Shepperton library.

University of Surrey

  • Musical Passions – Display celebrating the life of Ethel Smyth (courtesy of Surrey History Centre) in the foyer at The Ivy Arts Centre, University of Surrey campus. Free, throughout February.

Opening times for the Ivy Arts centre are 10am-6pm Mon-Fri only.

[Please note: The display will be relocated to the Performing Arts Technology Studio building on Weds 19th Feb for the following talk.]

  • ‘Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944): In Search of a Lesbian Identity in Music and Literature‘, a talk by Dr Christopher Wiley, Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Learning & Teaching for the School of Arts. Wednesday 19th February 2014, 5.15pm at Studio 1 of the Performing Arts Technology Studio building, University of Surrey campus.

The talk will be followed by:
6:15pm – drinks reception and a chance to view the Ethel Smyth display.
7pm – recital of Smyth’s works including the violin sonata, op.7; music for flute, oboe, and piano; and choral works including her celebrated ‘The March of the Women’.

Click on the image to the left to see and download a larger, pdf, copy.

Click here to visit the University of Surrey webpage for the event.

Free event, all welcome. For further details please contact Prof. Diane Watt [email protected]

University for the Creative Arts (UCA)

An exhibition on “Cross-dressing through the ages” organised by the UCA hosted by the Kent Library and History Centre.

Click here for further details.

To read more about Surrey’s LGBT personalities and Surrey Heritage’s work with the LGBT community click here.

For more information about Out Lit, Surrey Libraries’ LGBT collection, please see

For details of the national LGBT History Month campaign see

The Outline LGBT helpline

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