Hello! I am a teacher and historian based in Surrey, England. I kept this blog during my time as a PhD student and then as a researcher for Pride of Place. You can find me on Twitter at @HaywardCL, where I still post about public history, queer history, gender history and education. 

I completed my PhD in History at Kingston University in 2015. My thesis explored how museums, archives, historic houses, monuments and digital technology tell histories of same-sex love, sex and desire. I’m interested in all aspects of the histories of gender and sexuality, and how they intersect with public history and heritage.

After I finished my PhD I was Project Researcher on the Leeds Beckett/Historic England LGBTQ Heritage Project, ‘Pride of Place’. Our digital exhibition launched in September 2016, and built on the histories shared in our crowd-sourced map.

You can find PDFs of some of my publications (including my PhD thesis) here.

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  1. Hi Claire,

    I’m looking for someone to chair a panel discussion on how recent urban developments have affected Soho’s LGBTQ community.

    Would you be able to drop me an email?

    Best wishes,

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