Review in “Museums Journal”

Review by Tim Redfern in Museums Journal Jan 2016, p56:

“Vincent eloquently provides a social background and context to the process of organising working groups. The fact that he covers the period from the 1950s onwards makes the narrative all the more compelling. What is also striking about the book is that it feels like it won’t go out of date, which is refreshing when you are looking at policy and practice …

The book gives a rich chronology of key events and movements, supplemented with hard facts; social context precedes key examples, followed by what was learned. It concludes with a list of useful appendices, including hot topics and issues around queer terminology as well as recent events.” [Excerpt]

Review in “School Librarian”

Review by Caroline Downie in School Librarian, 63 (2) Summer 2015

“Here [John Vincent] has written a very readable and interesting book charting not only the sector’s response to the LGBT community but also a short history of the community itself …

There have always been books by LGBT authors on the shelves; it was up to ‘out’ staff to show us that. The response from the heritage sector seems to have come later and much more quietly. As John points out, this is more to do with the problem of curating exhibits on the subject than a reluctance of the institutions. It will certainly be of use to professionals wanting to make themselves aware of the issues and ensure that their collections reflect their readership as a whole …” [Excerpt]