This source guide was produced in 2011 and has been so popular that a new edition has just been published. Including new photographs,sources and resources, Unlocking a Hidden History is a key to doing just that. It acknowledges the importance of Manchester and the North West as a home to political campaigns and celebrations for the LGBT community, highlighting archive collections featuring documents, photographs and films. It also signposts national archives and online resources.
Stewy’s stencil portrait of Quentin Crisp, taken from a doorway on Canal Street ,illustrates the link between Quentin Crisp and Manchester. A sometimes controversial figure, he found fame and wider recognition when he published his autobiography The Naked Civil Servant in 1968.The title was taken from the phrase he used to describe his employment as an art school model. John Hurt’s portrayal of him in the television programme based on the book in 1975 made him a household name.
In the early 1980s he moved to New York and continued to develop his career as a writer and performer. His one man stage show was hugely popular and in 1999, at nearly 91 years of age, he came to the UK to revive his following with a nationwide tour. Sadly he died on November 21st 1999 in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, establishing a unbreakable link with Manchester.
His ashes were returned to New York.
‘Whether you’re a seasoned historical researcher or a novice looking to develop your skills or knowledge, this resource will assist you in locating LGB&T sources, and provide you with helpful information and tips to get the most out of your experience unlocking Manchester’s LGB&T past’.
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