Gay Heritage

The Bloomsbury group at Charleston forged a new way of living in the early 20th century, Charleston acting as a living space of freedom and tolerance. Love and friendship, pacifism, atheism, homosexuality, open relationships and further diverse modes of living were actively embraced.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised gay relationships between men over 21 in England and Wales, we have collated a number of resources which explore Charleston’s gay heritage.

Discover Charleston’s ground breaking history and the opportunities it continues to present as a compelling site of investigation for queer studies.

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The Charleston Trust would like to thank Surrey, East & West Sussex Museums Development Service (SEWS MDS) and Renaissance South East for their support in developing this webpage and podcast.