Alumnus donation helps launch ‘Creating Queer Histories Fund’

Alumnus Geoff Hardy (Education with English, 1974) and his partner Peter Roscoe have recently made a substantial donation to the Goldsmiths Centre for Queer History to launch a new ‘Creating Queer Histories Fund’.

The Fund will support student research into queer history, as well as encourage projects that promote wider public engagement with queer histories.

In 2017, Goldsmiths became the first university in the world to launch an MA in Queer History. Since this time, the course has grown in reputation and visibility, leading to the establishment of a Centre for Queer History, bringing together scholars, activists and community members to create a global hub for queer history research.

In 2018, LGBTQ activist and alumnus Geoff Hardy was invited by course convenor Dr Justin Bengry to open the Queer History speaker series with Glad to Be Gay at Goldsmiths – a talk on his life, career, activism and memories of being a proud and visible gay student. In 2019, Geoff and Peter joined Goldsmiths’ delegation at Pride in London.

Dr Bengry:

“On behalf of the College, we are absolutely delighted to have received this generous gift from Geoff and Peter that will undoubtedly inspire exciting projects to record, share and celebrate queer histories and tell the stories of those who still so often remain marginalised.”

All students and Queer History alumni who graduated within the last year are encouraged to apply to the fund and can find more information via the Department of History website.