‘Queer City’ takes us on a tour of Soho’s club culture 1918 – 1967

To commemorate 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, the National Trust has partnered with the National Archives to re-create ‘London’s most bohemian rendezvous’, The Caravan – a 1930s queer members club in the heart of Soho.

Dubbed ‘the most unconventional spot in town’, The Caravan was a haven for the capital’s gay men at a time when being open about homosexuality meant imprisonment. The club was raided and ultimately closed by the police in 1934.

The project also includes photographs, court reports, police papers and witness statements on The Caravan and other clubs of the era. The selected documents are from the National Archives’ extensive collection, and seek to shed insight into the nightlife restrictions and prejudices faced by the gay community at the time.

Queer City: London Club Culture 1918-1967 @ The National Trust from 2nd – 26th March 2017

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