Queer beyond London

By Matt Cook and Alison Oram

Queer beyond London


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4586-4
  • Pages: 372
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: June 2022
  • BIC Category: Modern History, History, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Sexuality (see also PSYCHOLOGY / Human Sexuality), Humanities / Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, Humanities / British & Irish history, Oral History, Humanities / Social & cultural history


Where exactly is queer England? There has been much discussion of London as a queer city, but what about the many thousands of queer lives lived elsewhere? In Queer beyond London, two leading LGBTQ+ historians take you on a journey through four English cites from the sixties to the noughties, exploring the northern post-industrial heartlands and taking in the salty air of the seaside cities of the South. Covering the bohemian, artsy world of Brighton, the semi-hidden queer life of military Plymouth, the lesbian activism of Leeds, and the cutting edge dance and drag scenes of Manchester, they show how local people, places and politics shaped LGBTQ+ life in each city, forging vibrant and distinctive queer cultures of their own. Using pioneering community histories from each place, and including the voices of queer people who have made their lives there, the book tells local stories at the heart of our national history.


Introduction by Matt Cook and Alison Oram
Part I: Queer Cities by Matt Cook
1. Britain's Queer Playground: Swings and roundabouts in Brighton
2. Split Scenes in Leeds
3. Gay and civic pride in 'Madchester'
4. Naval Gazing in Plymouth
Part II: Queer Comparisons by Alison Oram
5. Circling Around: Migration and the Queer City
6. Urban Accommodation: Queer Homes, Households and Families
7. Making History, Memories and Community


Matt Cook is a Professor of Modern History at Birkbeck, University of London. He has contributed to a range of community LGBTQ+ projects and has published widely on queer history.

Alison Oram is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London and Professor Emerita at Leeds Beckett University. She has published widely on lesbian and queer history and on queer themes in heritage.

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