Swansea’s LGBT+ community is being urged to search attics and cupboards for historic memorabilia as part of an effort to share their story as part of Swansea’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
The LGBT+ community is celebrating its heritage, its present and its future at the annual Swansea Pride event on May 4.
And now people are being urged to rummage around their lofts and belongings for old posters, photographs, film clips and other heirlooms that illustrate the history of the LGBT+ community in Swansea.
Elliott King, Swansea Council’s community champion on LGBT+ issues, said: “Swansea’s 50th celebrations are an ideal opportunity to take a look back at our LGBT+ heritage.
LGBT+ memorabilia donated or loaned will contribute to the West Glamorgan Archive Service based at Swansea Council’s Civic Centre.
Cllr King said: “Things have changed so much in the past 50 years for the LGBT+ community and it’s important that we’re able to share this with the generations to come.”
He said: “The archive service carries documents that illustrate many sections of society in Swansea but do not have anything about the LGBT+ community.
“They’re calling on people to check their attic and cupboard drawers for old posters, photographs, notes from meetings, film clips etc. that illustrate LGBT+ Community in Swansea over the past 50 years or even longer.”
Swansea 50 is a main sponsor of Swansea Pride 2019 which kicks off on April 30. It culminates in a weekend of events from May 4, starting with a Pride Parade in the city centre at 11am.
Swansea Council will also have a number of stalls at the event where people can find out about everything from recycling, ageing well, fostering and services for young people – as well as the Council’s staff LGBT+ network.
There’s lots more going on in Castle Square that day too including a street food festival, music from The Wave and Swansea Sound and events at the Grand Theatre and Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.
For more information about Swansea Pride 2019 go to www.swanseapride.co.uk/
To find out how to contribute LGBT+ memorabilia to the West Glamorgan Archive Service, please go to