Brixton library will next month host the launch of a pamphlet charting Lambeth’s rich LGBTQIA+ history through the physical buildings, spaces and spots across the borough.
Camp Books’ Mapping Queer Lambeth, will be available at the event from 2 to 3.30pm on Sunday February 27.
Camp Books says that historic publications such as For Your Convenience, A learned Dialogue Instructive To all Londoners & London Visitors (1937) London Gay to Z (1970s) and Bob Damron’s Address Books (1960s-70s) all sent readers in London to Lambeth.
“From the masquerading and merrymaking of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in the 18th century, to Brixton’s place as the hearth and home of the activists in the Gay Liberation Movement of the 1970s, the neighbourhoods that make up Lambeth have an incredible role to play as a site in which queer history has been made over the centuries,” they say.
Camp Books’ pamphlet will highlight Lambeth’s physical significance to queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people over the centuries, with an emphasis on making the information held in the borough’s historic archives accessible to local people and welcoming to its visitors.
Brooke Palmieri from Camp Books will lead the discussion along with guest speakers.