Speak Out London Diversity City

Speak Out London – Diversity City is a community led LGBTQ+ Oral History project based at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), which has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Our Heritage funding stream. The project began in September 2014

The project has focused on histories from 1945 to the present, creating a new and significant contemporary archive. This powerful community collection will compliment and challenge more formal historical records and provide LGBTQ+ people with a voice. The opportunities for individuals and groups to participate has added to a greater knowledge and understanding and ensures that people, who were invisible and silent in the records, will be seen and heard and their histories secured for future generations.

This strong foundation has established Speak Out London – Diversity City Archive as a central part of LMA’s service, ensuring its ongoing development in the years ahead.

The project has provided  participants and volunteers with opportunities for to work more closely with LMA, establishing community ownership in a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can contribute, explore, share and study collective histories in the years to come. The importance of volunteers to this project has been recognised by the Archives and Records Association with Speak Out winning the National Archive Volunteering Award for 2017.  

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