A GREAT RECORDED HISTORY
A Queer Cambridge Audio Trail
Cambridge has a rich and radical queer past. Over the years, the city has been an important hub of queer political organising and community-building for Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas. The space of the city has likewise fed the imaginations of some of the most remarkable queer voices in British literature, including Edward Carpenter, E.M. Forster, and Ali Smith.
A Great Recorded History sets out to explore Cambridge’s queer past through its literature and politics. Featuring interviews with older members of the city’s LGBTQ+ community and excerpts from literature produced in the city, it gives listeners a chance to immerse themselves in the history of the place—and become part of it.
Walk in the footsteps of writer Robin Maugham as he challenges a homophobic classmate to a duel. Eavesdrop on a meeting at King’s College gate-crashed by radical drag troupe the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Accompany Aisling from Ali Smith’s novel Like as she pursues her lover across the city. Join the resistance to Section 28!
Forster once called queer past ‘a great unrecorded history'. This audio trail not only records Cambridge’s vibrant queer history, it also makes it available for everyone to explore and enjoy.
Download the audio trail and map below.
iPhone users: Safari streams the audio trail file instead of downloading it. To minimise the risk of interruptions caused by signal dropout, download the file to your computer then transfer it to your iPhone via iTunes or similar. A Great Recorded History was created by Dr Diarmuid Hester and produced by David Bramwell. Financed by Cambridge University Diversity Fund. Please let me know what you think by completing this short survey.