Monday, February 9, 2015

Next RaHN Meeting: "Out and Proud in North London"

The next meeting of the Radical History Network of NE London group will focus on 
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) struggles.

Wednesday 25th February 7.30 p.m.
Wood Green Social Club
3 Stuart Crescent, N22 5NJ
 (off the High Rd, near Wood Green tube)
Free to attend, all interested people welcome.

During the last half of the twentieth century LGBT people in the UK moved from being invisible and illegal to being a campaigning force for equality to be reckoned with. The RaHN group meeting will look at the history of these struggles, including 
  • Clause 28
  •  the age of consent 
  • and the everyday battle for survival.
North London wedding, summer 2012

Come along to share your experiences, and discuss how this history connects with campaigns today.

Speakers will include:

Vince Gillespie, a former Tottenham Labour Party Councillor who was a key figure in the Haringey Positive Images campaign.  (Vince later got into trouble with Labour Party bigwigs for his support for the local anti-Poll Tax campaign).
Pam Isherwood to speak about her involvement with lesbian campaigning etc.
Plus discussion and exchange of news & views.

<< At the Haringey History Fair on Saturday 14th the RaHN stall went well... although it was a bit quieter than in previous years..

At the RaHN meeting 'Out and Proud In North London' on 25th Feb... there may be an exciting proposal that we work with the Kino Van (see below) to unearth / restore / show local films about radical campaigns and movements - trying to find footage that people may have lying around unseen in their homes etc..

If you have any such archive footage / films from previous decades, please let us know the details (e.g. date,
subject/event, who organised, how long is the footage, what format etc etc). >>

Archive Footage To Tour Boroughs In Cinema-In-A-Van

Film London is giving Londoners a chance to see archive footage of the city ­ by taking a new cinema-in-a-van around 15 London boroughs.

The KinoVan, which launched outside the British Museum today, is similar to those used by councils in the 1920s. The mobile cinema forms part of the three-year London: A Bigger Picture project, put together by London’s Screen Archives.

A Bigger Picture seeks to encourage Londoners to enjoy and engage with the city’s rich film heritage. The van will visit boroughs, screening a programme of heritage films in each one, showing how past residents of the area lived and how the city has changed over the years.

Footage featured in the project so far includes scenes from Hounslow, Hackney and Wembley during the 1953 Coronation, festive shots of a frozen Trafalgar Square, and Merton and Morden Auxiliary Fire Service taking part in drills from 1939-1941.

Londoners are encouraged to contribute their own footage. People from Haringey and Barking and Dagenham have already donated family films from the 1950s and 1960s, offering a glimpse of domestic life back then

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