Happy Birthday RVT is a creative research project that celebrates the Royal Vauxhall Taverns’ historic importance as a site for LGBT culture, innovation in entertainment and influence on wider British popular culture. Framed around the venue’s 151st birthday, it will enable participants to have the opportunity to share, reflect on and learn about the last 60 years of social change for LGBT people, and how this has affected attitudes and changed lives in the UK.
Through the project, we will be collecting oral histories from a wide range of people with connections to the RVT, making a short film, collaborating with Duckie’s Youth Group on a performance based on the research, and creating a pop-up exhibition mapping key events at the RVT, the Vauxhall community and LGBT history.
Happy Birthday RVT has been developed by Artist Collective Re-Dock, in partnership with the RVT, Duckie, BAC andLambeth Archives. It has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), through their Sharing Heritage Programme.
Find out more at the Project website here.