London is a congregation of communities, but many of these communities have had to struggle for inclusion and acceptance. Our LGBT population has fought hard to establish and legitimise its identity over the last 70 years. Badges and pins have been used as signifiers of support for a plethora of gay and lesbian issues, and now act as reminders of past and continuing battles.
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Happy St George’s Day one and all!
St George’s story goes back to the Roman period and although his birth year is much disputed, most agree that his death occurred on this day, 23rd April, in AD303. But it’s the Medieval period when we start to see the saint’s image depicted on objects in our collection. Check out these 14th Century floor tiles found at Temple Church,Fleet street. Read the full post
14th-century badge depicting a cock mating with a hen
In honour of this year’s Valentine’s Day, the Archaeological Archive is showcasing the smuttier side of its collections, looking at ‘erotic’ objects from across the ages. Read the full post
Head fragment from a John Schorn Badge
Over the last year I have been cataloguing the Museum of London’s amazing collection of over 700 pilgrim badges and souvenirs (that’s just the badges in the museum’s reserve collection – we have even more in our Archaeological Archive!). Read the full post
From Gary’s archive
This month we looked at London’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) history. Read the full post