Reading Room - Joe Richardson

24 Aug 2011

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Islington Mill

Manchester, United Kingdom


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  • Bus: Regular buses run up Chapel Street from central Manchester, for further details see: www.gmpte.com
  • Car: James Street is just off the A6 Chapel Street and is easily accessible via the A56 and A57 and Mancunian Way. It has secure onsite parking. Foot: Islington Mill is a 10 min walk from Central Manchester via Bridge Steet, Quay Street or Chapel Street.
  • Train: Salford Central or Salford Crescent stations.

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Reading Room is a collection of library and archive material and an open discussion group exploring gay histories, identities, protests and prejudices


Compiled of text books, videos, music, flyers and posters the archive of material was initially formed through the development of UHC's EXAM project, where 20 representatives from Lancashire's diverse LGBT community assisted in the creation of a GCSE style exam paper exploring gay history and culture.The intention of the exam paper was to celebrate neglected LGBT stories and histories. Using the standardised GCSE exam format the history and culture of LGBT communities was temporarily moved into the mainstream countering the effects of section 28. Over the last 8 months Reading Room has been hosting regular meetings where a small group of individuals have continued to discuss the themes and topics explored in EXAM in a relaxed cocktail and cupcake fuelled atmosphere. Bringing his archive of material to the Mill, Joe will be exhibiting the collection of resources for the first time and looking to expand the current network of Reading Room participants Exploring the aesthetics of libraries, archives and cabinets of curiosity Joe will present the material in a participatory, where visitors will be free to spend time with the material, rifling through the range of articles, books, and posters. Accompanying the installation Joe will host a Reading Room evening on the 25th of August - an opportunity for people to discuss the project and respond to the exhibited material through their own stories. for more information please visit the project website at


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