Queer City: London Club Culture 1918-1967

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In 2017, the National Trust and The National Archives re-created The Caravan, ‘London’s most bohemian rendezvous’, a queer-friendly members club of 1934. The recreation took place at Freud Café-Bar – in almost the exact spot of The Caravan’s original location.

The 1930s was a time when being openly gay would frequently lead to prosecution and imprisonment; we sought to tell the important story of many similar clandestine LGBTQ+ spaces that were raided and closed by police.

Photographs, court reports, police papers and witness statements on The Caravan and other clubs of the era were used to re-create the striking bohemian interior of the underground club.

Selected from The National Archives’ extensive collection, these documents reveal great detail and insights into club culture and the everyday prejudices facing the homosexual community at the time. 

Published for a joint project between The National Archives and The National Trust "Queer City : London Club Culture 1918-1967" which used original documents and plans to explore the LGBTQ scene in London from 1918 to 1967.


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Manufacturer/Publisher: National Archives
Binding: Paperback

SKU: 9781911384342