Opening Doors London launches National Lottery funded ‘From a Whisper to a Roar’ oral history project with a special exhibition to coincide with International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March

In December 2018, Opening Doors London received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £60,500 for the ‘From a Whisper to a Roar’ project in London.

50 years after the Stonewall riots and the formation of the Gay Liberation Front, Opening Doors London (ODL) launches the ‘From a Whisper to a Roar’ oral history project which traces the history and development of the modern LGBTQ movement through the voices of the women who lived it.

The unique and powerful testimony of these lesbian, bisexual and trans women who lived through this tumultuous period in LGBTQ history is vividly portrayed as they speak about their lives and extraordinary political activism in a series of interviews and podcasts culminating in a launch event on International Women’s Day.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will officially launch at a special invitation only event on Sunday 8 March, 2-5pm at the BSMT Gallery in Dalston. Featuring several speakers from the forty or so women who were interviewed as well as a visual installation, this will be an exciting opportunity to share in this largely undocumented history. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 7 March and will bring to life their stories, accompanied by strong visual imagery by artist Lesley Greening and print maker Clare Somerville-Perkins.

Evelyn Pittman, ‘From a Whisper to a Roar’ project coordinator said, “Women’s experiences and contributions are largely missing from history; here is a chance to experience an alternative version – the sistory. We’ve captured women’s stories, both personal and political, to uncover the huge contribution they have made towards gaining the rights we have today. They campaigned, protested and had impassioned rows in the fight for these rights. They also knew how to party, make music, dance together, fall wildly in lust and deeply in love.”

The project has been generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Exhibition details

The exhibition is open to the public from 11am on Saturday 7 March at the BSMT Gallery, 529 Kingsland Road, E48 4AR

The launch event is on Sunday 8 March, 2-5pm – please book through this link.

Content Links

From a Whisper to a Roar podcasts:

The podcast series would not have been possible without the involvement of sound artist Lori E Allen.

The exhibition was created through the collaboration of curator and visual artist Lesley Greening and print artist Clare Somerville-Perkins. 

Press contact information

Isabella Normark – Communications Officer, Opening Doors London
[email protected]/ 0207 239 0400

Notes to editors

Opening Doors London (ODL) is the biggest charity in the UK to provide information and support services specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) people over 50. We exist to enable LGBT+ people over 50 to live full and vibrant lives free from loneliness, isolation, and discrimination.

ODL is a membership organisation with over 2000 members, offering over 40 groups and social activities every month across London. We support 90 active befriending relationships, which pair up LGBT+ people over 50 who are feeling socially isolated with a volunteer for regular social contact. We also offer training and consultancy for health and social care professionals to confidently meet the specific needs of older LGBT+ people in care.

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From a Whisper to a Roar: forms part of an oral history project conducted by Opening Doors London with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund focusing on the lived experiences of lesbian, bisexual and transwomen in the 50 years spanning the Stonewall Riots of ‘69 and the formation of the Gay Liberation Front in 1970 to the present day. The project includes a 3-part podcast series with content taken from the 50+ interviews conducted by Evelyn Pittman and produced by Lori E Allen. All interviews will also be available to access at Bishopsgate Institute.

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