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The first black actor to play a Shakespearean role in Britain, Ira Aldridge was 17 when he made his debut at the Royalty Theatre in London’s East End in May 1825. He then travelled widely in Europe, making him one of the most widely seen performers of his day.

This playbill is of his performance as Othello in Northampton #onthisday in 1831. Aldridge is never named directly on the playbill and was instead billed as the ‘African Roscius’, after a former slave who became the greatest actor of ancient Rome. Find out more about his life and legacy on our #DiscoveringLiterature website http://bit.ly/2fl9RlT
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1895, the trial of Oscar Wilde. 2017, the pardoning of gay men by the ‘Alan Turing Law’. How far have we come in 122 years?

Listen to oral histories. Explore Sarah Waters’s manuscript notebook for Tipping the Velvet. Take a closer look at the diary of Kenneth Williams. Our exhibition tells the story of love, legislative change and the battles for equality experienced by gay men and women in the UK.

Have you visited? Share your thoughts using #BLGayUK http://bit.ly/2fxPjDF
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Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) is a political activist group of gay women and men formed in a spirit of solidarity with the striking miners in 1984.

Mark Ashton, one of the founders, saw the struggle of the miners as the same as that faced by gay people fighting for their rights against a government that wouldn’t listen. They organised fundraising events like the one in this poster, a concert featuring Bronski Beat at Camden’s Electric Ballroom.

Personal testimony. Public protest. Art and culture. It's your last chance to see this item in our free exhibition, Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty – closing 20.00 tomorrow http://bit.ly/2woX9tm #BLGayUK

Image: Poster designed for Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners © Kevin Franklin
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Our 4-star Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty closes on Tuesday. Don't miss your last weekend to catch our free exhibition http://bit.ly/2yc7CpB

#BLGayUK
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'That gay people be free to hold hands and kiss in public’ was the final demand of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Manifesto of 1971 – a challenge to both gay people and the rest of society.

By the end of 1973 GLF had disbanded with the many factions within the collective making consensus impossible. However, the group casts a long shadow and many gay rights organisations that emerged over the next 20 years would have their roots based in GLF.

See this item, listen to oral histories and explore other key items that tell the story of love, legislative change and the battles for equality experienced by gay men and women in the UK – including Sarah Waters’s manuscript notebook for ‘Tipping the Velvet’, the diary of Kenneth Williams and vinyl from the Pet Shop Boys – at our free #BLGayUK exhibition. Closing next week. http://bit.ly/2tlYHyM

Image: Gay Liberation Front Manifesto, London, 1971 © Gay Liberation Front
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We're raising the curtain on over 100 original items relating to modern British theatre, online for the first time.

Terence Rattigan, Harold Pinter and Joan Littlewood. These are just some of the leading 20th-century playwrights you can now explore on our #DiscoverLiterature website http://bit.ly/2waXbjG
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We’re delighted to announce that #BLHarryPotter is heading to @NYHistory in 2018! As it travels from London to New York, the exhibition will evolve to include US specific artefacts and items from US Harry Potter publisher @Scholastic’s own collection.

Our friends at @Pottermore tell all http://bit.ly/2j3iaUk
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‘Homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence.’

The Report of the Departmental Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution, better known as the Wolfenden Report, after Lord Wolfenden who chaired the committee, was published in Britain in #onthisday 1957.

Going against widely-held prejudices at the time, the influential report gathered findings from interviews with police officers, psychiatrists, religious leaders, probation officers and gay men. Wolfenden became director of the British Museum in 1969 and was made a life peer in 1974.

See this powerful item among film, original manuscripts and rare printed material that trace a history of troubles and triumphs for gay people at our free #BLGayUK exhibition http://bit.ly/2uh3aG1
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Happy #BackToHogwarts Day! One of our favourite lessons: Potions Class with Jacob Meydenbach's 'Ortus Sanitatis' (1491). Who’s with us?

(Strasbourg, Shelfmark IB.344)
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You can always count on Fawkes to make an entrance. Our Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition opens in 50 days!

Book your ticket for a journey to where magic and myth began http://bit.ly/2vPNp6o

#BLHarryPotter
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