Describe our LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) Collections

Archives & Special Collections are running a project to help improve your searching experience when accessing our LGBTQ (lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) collections.

This focuses on the Working Press archive, books by and about working class artists, 1986-1996, and the Tessa Boffin, 1980s-1990s photography LGBTQ.



Various research has been done into the suitability of controlled vocabulary for LGBTQ collections, and this project is starting to explore how to describe these specific collections.

We are looking for interested parties to take part for a day’s session in a pilot project to:

  1. Work with a sample of our LGBTQ archives, by describing them, and telling us how you would search for them.
  2. Tell us what you think of search terms provided via controlled vocabulary.
  3. Take a look at ways that you might contribute tags and search terms to our collections.


Sessions can be held in Farnham and Rochester, and time and date can be designed to suit the interested individual.

Interested? Contact Rebekah Taylor on