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Social Revolution: women's liberation and gay liberation in the 1970s and 80s

Hosted by the LSE Library

LSE Library Gallery, United Kingdom

Our spring exhibition marks 50 years since the beginnings of two significant social movements in the UK: the first women’s liberation conference in Oxford and the first UK meeting of the Gay Liberation Front at LSE.

Handwritten list of demands by the Gay Liberation Front.

This exhibition explores how both movements mobilised thousands of people to believe that they could change the world through speaking out and challenging the status quo.

An event flyer.

The exhibition displays material from the Hall-Carpenter Archives and the Women’s Library and, in particular, it shows how activists used and transformed publishing, performance and visual imagery around gender. 

An event programme.


View a list of all upcoming LSE Library events, many of which are related to this exhibition.

Download our events leaflet [6MB]

Explore these collections

Learn more through our LGBT and Women's Liberation Movement pages or explore further through other collection highlights

About us

The British Library of Political and Economic Science (@LSELibrary) was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library. Email us.

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Entry is free of charge and no booking is required. 

The Gallery and exhibition are small enough to get around over a lunchtime, so why not make a visit?

Opening times

The Library Gallery is open:

  • 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday
  • 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday

Exhibition tours

Tours by the exhibition curator can be organised during normal weekly working hours (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday).

Get in contact by email to arrange a tour or learn more about the exhibition.

Find and contact us

LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD

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