Pride of Place – Historic England’s project to map LGBTQ+ heritage

Queer heritage is everywhere. What we today call Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer + (LGBTQ+) histories are embedded in the buildings and landscapes all around us. Historic England’s Pride of Place: LGBTQ+ Heritage Project uncovers and celebrates places of LGBTQ+ heritage across England, ranging from the frontiers of Roman Britain to houses lived in by lesbian, gay and trans people, meeting places for LGBTQ+ activists, and gay pubs and clubs that remain important in our lives today. Pride of Place aims to map England’s LGBTQ+ heritage and places. LGBTQ+ heritage is a fundamental and fascinating part of our national heritage.

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The interactive map

Using the online Pride of Place interactive map via Historypin, you can plot your own LGBTQ+ heritage places and see what buildings and landscapes others are highlighting. You can also add images and videos.

The Griffin, Market Place, Kingston upon Thames, was a Gay pub in Kingston during the 1970s. SHC ref CC/37/12/14/5

The Griffin, Market Place, Kingston upon Thames, was a Gay pub in Kingston during the 1970s.
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Mapped locations already include everything from the homes of trailblazing LGBTQ+ individuals, to the much loved local gay bar, to the first venue in town to host equal marriage, and everything in between. In addition to lesbian and gay histories and locations, we want to record and celebrate bi, trans* and queer sites as well. The result is an online exhibition telling the stories of a multitude of buildings across the country that hold a sometimes hidden, sometimes public, LGBTQ+ history.

LGBTQ+ history is everywhere. But we still need to preserve it. You can help map LGBTQ+ places on the Pride of Place interactive map and Surrey Heritage hopes to have a Surrey version of this map embedded within the county’s Historic Environment Record.

The Pride of Place website features a full LGBTQ+ bibliography, contributions from celebrities and campaigners, hidden histories of LGBTQ+ heritage sites, an LGBTQ+ architecture gallery, and an insight into different areas of LGBTQ+ community history ranging from Trans and gender Crossing, love and intimacy of same-sex couples throughout time, to law, oppression and activism.

For mapped LGBTQ+ sites in Surrey (on the Pride of Place section on Historypin) click here.

Mapping Surrey’s LGBT history with Claire Hayward at LGBT History Month coffee morning, 2016.

Mapping Surrey’s LGBTQ+ history with Claire Hayward at LGBT+ History Month coffee morning, 2016.

At an event in 2016, Surrey Heritage worked with Historic England to help map Surrey’s LGBTQ+ places, find out more here.

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