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Not Just One Day - Proud Shakespeare, Warwickshire Pride and LGBTQ+ Communities

Cataloguing Archivist Jim Ranahan looks at our ongoing commitment to support, celebrate, and reflect on the continued impact of LGBTQ+ communities.

Jim Ranahan

On Saturday 20 August 2022, the annual Warwickshire Pride Festival celebrates and reflects on the LGBTQ+ lived experience in the County. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is represented by Proud Shakespeare and we invite you to visit our stall, where you can:

  • Learn about Proud Shakespeare – our achievements and our aspirations for inclusivity
  • Share your ideas for making us more inclusive
  • Hear about volunteering opportunities

Please see our events page for more information.

Proud Shakespeare was launched at Warwickshire Pride 2019 and we have supported Pride since then, both for the annual festival (online in 2020 and 2021) and across various initiatives. For both institutions, when the festival is over and the stalls are dismantled, we continue with our core work. For Proud Shakespeare, this is our ongoing commitment to support, celebrate, and reflect on the continued impact of LGBTQ+ communities, including our audiences, staff and volunteers.

Spectrum of Shakespearean Crossdressing, C Bailey Parker, 2020, Cover.jpg
A recent addition to our library collection

A feature of Proud Shakespeare is the focus on reinterpreting and re-framing our collections and services, both through contemporary collecting initiatives and community review of existing collections. Our theme for Warwickshire Pride 2022 is ‘From Coded Message to Open Relationship’, reflecting the hard journey that LGBTQ+ people have endured in the struggle for acceptance. This theme will be examined in our post-Festival blog, where we reflect on how our collections reveal and more frequently mask this journey.

One way that you can learn more about our collections is with the Source Guide for LGBTQ+ Studies in SBT Collections. This is regularly updated and we will launch our latest version at Warwickshire Pride 2022. This will also be made available on our website and in our Reading Room. Highlights of the new edition include:

  • Additions to the Trust Archive on EDIB – Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging
  • Recent Additions to the Library
  • An invitation to suggest your own additions to the Collections

We look forward to hearing from you about Proud Shakespeare and we hope to welcome you to our stall at Warwickshire Pride on Saturday 20 August 2022.

Find out more:

Proud Shakespeare

SBT Collections