Celebrate LGBT History Month with Surrey History Centre

Celebrate LGBT History Month’s 10th anniversary with Surrey History Centre!

Ethel Smyth at the Tewfik Palace Hotel, Helouan, Egypt, 1914  (SHC ref 9180/57)

Ethel Smyth at the Tewfik Palace Hotel, Helouan, Egypt, 1914. SHC ref 9180/57

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 year is the 10th anniversary of the campaign and you can discover more about Surrey’s LGBT connections with our ‘Past and Present’ display. Find out what Surrey’s LGBT icons did during the First World War and learn more about Surrey’s LGBT support organisations.

In particular we are featuring four Surrey LGBT icons:

Dame Ethel Smyth – Woking’s composer, author and suffragette, worked as a radiographer in France (pictured).

JR Ackerley – the author, poet and Captain in the 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment, survived the slaughter at Montauban, was later taken prisoner of war and was haunted his whole life by survivor’s guilt.

Noel Coward – the quintessential English actor was conscripted into the East Surrey Regiment in 1918.

EM Forster – the Surrey novelist served with the Red Cross in Egypt, as a missing persons searcher and found love in Alexandria.

The display is available during normal opening hours in the foyer at Surrey History Centre until 28 February. Admission is free.

LGBT Coffee morning, Saturday 21 February, 10am-12.30pm

Also at Surrey History will be a coffee morning hosted by LGBT support charity Outline. Come and meet members of Outline, enjoy coffee and cake and take a behind the scenes tour (11.00am) of Surrey History Centre. Free. No booking required. All welcome!

Details of these and other LGBT events in Surrey can be found on Exploring Surrey’s Past.

Di Stiff, Collections Development Archivist at Surrey History Centre

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