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TOWNSON, Ian (fl 1970s), gay activist


Reference code(s): HCA/TOWNSON

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: TOWNSON, Ian (fl 1970s), gay activist

Date(s): [1970-1992]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 29 boxes and 2 map rolls

Name of creator(s): Townson | Ian | fl 1970 | gay activist


Administrative/Biographical history:

No information available.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Ian Townson, including: Bill Thornycroft: letters, 1976-1990; Brixton Faeries and other theatre groups: including play scripts, song sheets, programmes and flyers; Brixton Housing Co-operative: minutes, newsletters and other papers, 1980-1986; Communist Party Gay Rights Committee: includes statements and letters from Bill Thornycroft, 1976-1979; Gay Activists' Alliance: minutes and campaign papers, 1978-1979; Gay Pride: includes minutes of meetings, flyers and correspondence, 1978-1996; History of the Gay Community in Brixton, 1972-1982: interviews, correspondence and other papers regarding a proposed book, 1970s-1990s; Icebreakers: correspondence, leaflets, press cuttings, notes and other papers, 1970s-1995; International Gay Rights Congress: poster and papers, 1974; Lambeth Council: includes papers of a Working Party on Police and Community Relations in Lambeth and Working Party on services and employment for gays and lesbians, mainly 1984-86; National Council for Civil Liberties: papers on gay issues, 1975-1982; 'Nighthawks': papers regarding the film, 1979; papers regarding squatting and gay squats, 1970s; photographs, including gay activists, Brixton riots, demonstrations, Gay Pride marches, squats, squatters and plays; photographs of friends and colleagues of Ian Townson: including Colm Clifford, Julian Hows, Ken Livingstone (in 1976), Bill Thornycroft and many others; South London Gay Liberation Front: minutes, agendas and other papers, 1980-1986; various papers regarding gay events (including discos, dances, Pride), issues and groups (including Gay Liberation Front and Campaign for Homosexual Equality), especially in Brixton/South London: badges, flyers, leaflets, magazines, newsletters, posters, programmes and stickers; gay publications and press cuttings.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:


Conditions governing access:

Mainly open; some items closed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.

Finding aids:

File list available from Archives staff.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Ian Townson in 2006.



Archivist's note: Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database by Anna Towlson.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Apr 2008

Campaign groups | Groups
Gay rights | Civil and political rights | Human rights
Homosexuality | Sexuality
Social issues | Social policy
Squatter settlements | Housing needs | Housing | Accommodation | Building standards | Building design | Construction engineering
Squatters | People by roles | People
Support groups | Groups

Personal names
Clifford | Colm | fl 1970 | gay activist
Hows | Julian | fl 1970 | gay activist
Livingstone | Kenneth Robert | b 1945 | politician
Thornycroft | Bill | fl 1970 | gay activist
Townson | Ian | fl 1970 | gay activist

Corporate names
Brixton Faeries
Brixton Housing Co-operative
Campaign for Homosexual Equality
Communist Party | Gay Rights Committee
Gay Activists Alliance
Gay Liberation Front
Gay Pride
International Gay Rights Congress 1974
London Borough of Lambeth
National Council for Civil Liberties x Liberty

Brixton | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe