To all supporters of LGBT projects,

Community Hubs Network is pleased to announce we will officially launch the Sal Lumsden Archive Project on 29th September. We will be taking over the Carpathia room at the Discovery Museum for the full day with a range of presentations and opportunities to have your say.

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, and with additional funding via the Big Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, ‘SLAP!’ is a North East LGBT archive of interviews, brochures, images and collections. The additional funding allowed us to establish a thriving regional LGBT Film Club, and develop a theatre production about a rather natty dresser named Robert Coulthard.

With the help and guidance from our friends at Mesmac, GADD, Northern Pride, Age UK Durham, Hart Gables and the staff at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, we are happy to have begun a process that we hope to continue long after this current funding ends.

During the morning session of the 29th launch, we will moderate a discussion about the ‘point’ of archiving LGBT Social History: To what uses can it be put? Can anything be learned from it and if so, how? Why does there seem to be more interest in LGBT history at present?

During the afternoon of the 29th we will concentrate on the website ( and take you through how it works, how and why we decided to present our gathered information the way we did, and also give you a chance to question the staff that worked on the project.

Breakfast teas/coffees and pastries will be served, along with lunch.

Space restrictions mean we are limited to 35 tickets, and although tickets are free it is vital to ‘book’ your place by confirming with Richard Neville via:

Questions about the day and the format, along with queries about presenting and otherwise getting involved in the day can be directed the same way.

We look forward to hearing from you.