Queerama and Documenting Queer Stories

Documenting Change

In this part of the task we will think about how social and legal change has been explained by historians.  Is the history of queer Britain a slow evolution? is it marked by sudden change and ruptures? who is seen as the driving force for change? is it governments and politicians, media and culture or people themselves.

You might find it useful to listen to the lecture on the Gay Sixties and the implications of the different ways that the subject have been explained. (apologies for the current very poor sound quality - you will need to turn up the sound after the initial footage)

Lucy Robinson: Gay Liberation

•How does Queerama relate popular culture to social or legal change?

•Select a short clip 1-2 minutes from Queerama. Or look at the BFI's introduction to its series marking the anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, Gross Indecency.

BFI Gross Indecency


Here is the list of all of the films used in Queerama. How many of them do you recognise?

Queerama Film List


Can you identify the different archival footage used? How else could it have been edited to tell a different story. If you had free reign (not permissions or rights involved) what footage would you include to tell your own story?

•The BBC collection of footage relating to Gay History might inspire you