LGBT+ collecting

TfL Ride with Pride Vehicles. New Routemaster bus, black cab and DLR train painted in rainbow colours in support of LGBT staff network, OUTbound.

Our Documentary Curators collate and collect perspectives on and stories about the role transport plays in contemporary London. Their work gives us the opportunity to bring new voices into our collection and to make sure that the history and narratives we tell reflect the experiences of different kinds of people.

We are aiming to build up our collection of materials that reflect LGBT+ experiences of transport in London through building new relationships, researching and carrying out new collecting projects.

Below, you can find more information about our recent and current collecting projects.

To speak to us about LGBT+ collecting, or to share your stories or ideas for upcoming projects or objects we could add to our collection, then please email us.

My Journey To Pride, 2019

#MyJourneyToPride was a collecting project that ran in July 2019, on the weekend of Pride in London and UK Black Pride. 

We currently have several items in our collection representing the LGBT+ experience include banners, posters, photographs and the first ever rainbow crossing - however this project aimed to collect and preserve the social side of the story: the thoughts, feelings and experiences of people travelling to the parades.

Six video diarists, including Sacha Coward, who came up with the idea for #MyJourneyToPride, documented their journeys. We also asked the public to share their own experiences of travelling to Pride events on social media using the hashtag.

LGBT+ linking lives

We want to hear about the journeys, sites and stories in which transport has played a role in your LGBT+ experience in London.

On our Historypin site, you can literally map out the routes and regions that matter to you. Place a pin on the place you want to commemorate on our interactive map below and pair the pin with a written or visual account of the story that spot, station or service can tell.

Recent acquisitions

Sign; featuring a roundel in the Trans Pride colours, 2018

Trans Pride-coloured roundel

Placard without a handle featuring a roundel in the Trans Pride colours

Lanyard, multicoloured with LGBT Ally text, issued to TfL employees who have done OUTbounds LGBT allies training programme, 2018

Multicoloured 'LGBT+ Ally' lanyard

This lanyard was issued to TfL employees who have completed OUTbound's LGBT+ allies training programme, 2018

Badge; enamel badge showing a New Routemaster bus with rainbow livery and ride with pride, 2018

Enamel badge of a bus with 'ride with pride' livery

This unofficial badge was based on the 'Ride with Pride' campaign, run by OUTbound, the TfL staff network group for LGBT+ employees. 

Our documentary curators projects are made possible thanks to the generous support of Arts Council England.

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