Hastings’ Queer Places and Spaces: Exploring Hidden Histories

Hastings’ Queer Places and Spaces: Exploring Hidden Histories

Friday, 23rd February
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
7 – 9pm (Doors open at 6:30pm for refreshments)
Free, reservation essential

Join the Hastings Queer History Collective on their journey to uncover the hidden stories and significance of past LGBTQIA+ sites in Hastings. 

Over the past few months, the collective have delved into the history of queer spaces in Hastings. From pre-war pier performers to historic hidden backdoor entrances and suffragettes cavorting in Warrior Square, they have uncovered remarkable stories of places and spaces that have helped shape our LGBTQIA+ community.

At this event, they will share their insights and invite you to contribute your own juicy stories about Hastings’ past queer locations. What do you remember? What have you heard about? From the mundane to the outrageous, the evening will be an opportunity to share what you know or have experienced of Hasting’s historic queer spaces. 

Plus, radical cultural historian Dr Diarmuid Hester will join us to discuss the significance of remembering queer spaces and places, drawing on his expertise as the author of ‘Nothing Ever Just Disappears, a ground-breaking publication exploring the homes and haunts of some of the twentieth century’s most remarkable queer artists.

Refreshments will be provided. Tickets are free, but limited, so please book now to avoid disappointment.

Access Information: Hastings Museum and Art Gallery has step-free access across the venue. The event will be hosted in Durbar Hall which you can access either via a set of 8 steps, or a lift. There will predominantly be folding chairs for seating with a number of cushioned bench-style seats available. The event is relaxed, and you are welcome to go as you need and want.

If you have any questions about the event please email Hannah or call them on 07470756933.

About the Project and Collective 

The Hastings Queer History Collective is a group of volunteers committed to collecting, preserving, and sharing the queer history of Hastings and the surrounding area. 

Facilitated by Home Live Art with funding from Hastings Museum and Art Gallery and Arts Council England.

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