Last week I went down to London to visit two amazing archives housing great collections of documents of LGBT History – the Hall-Carpenter Archives in LSE Library, and the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive.

One of the most exciting discovery, were the vast of monthly newsletters produced by the Cumbria and The Borders CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality):SHRG (Scottish Homosexual Rights Group) Group between 1974 and 1990. They were all produced by one man Alwin Stockdale, the convenor of the group. Along with this were some correspondence between the local group and the CHE HQ in London as well as minutes of AGM of the group. The group was set up in 1973 by Richard Webster and was the first local group for lesbian and gay people.

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The group met monthly in the Old Town Hall in Carlisle – except on very rare occasions when the meetings were cancelled. And a few months in 1974, the meetings were held at Albion Tavern in Botchergate, Carlisle – some of you may know, this is actually Borders Rambler (name change 1992-93)!

Throughout the lifetime of the group, informal meetings, dinners and other social gatherings were also held in people’s homes and other locations around Cumbria. We also found out that there are other groups around Cumbria during this period. More information will follow very soon!

Meanwhile, anyone know or know of Alwin Stockdale (the address in the newsletter is near Workington)? And any of us have any of the newsletters Alwin made?

Tonia Lu
Project Coordinator