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Situating Sex in Historical Context

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Photograph of an audience sat in a circle at a discussion event in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection.
Discussion event in the Reading Room, Benjamin Gilbert. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Listen to historian Lesley Hall talk about the challenge of uncovering and interpreting traces of women's sexuality in the historical record. You’ll have the opportunity to reflect on what was historically recorded and why, whether explicit diaries or letters are really windows into the past, and to think about how well modern categories fit historic situations. You can ask questions or just sit and listen.

This event is part of Daylighting, a four-day programme of events to challenge archives, change narratives and amplify new voices.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Reading Room on level 2. You can walk up the spiral staircase to the Reading Room door, or take the lift up and then head left from the Library Desk.

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About your speaker

Colour photograph of Lesley Hall

Lesley Hall

Lesley Hall, FRHistS, PhD, DipAA, has published extensively on the history of sexuality and gender, and has featured on numerous TV and radio programmes.