13 episodes

Stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today

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The Log Books Tash Walker, Adam Smith and Shivani Dave

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    • 4.9, 137 Ratings

Stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today

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    “Joy, friendship and also bitterness” | Season 2 preview episode

    “Joy, friendship and also bitterness” | Season 2 preview episode

    Season 2 of The Log Books is coming soon... Our unique exploration of the UK’s queer history through the pages of Switchboard’s log books will be strong, reflective and antiviral!

    The season will cover HIV/AIDS, Section 28, the media — and the countless colourful stories from LGBT+ life that flowed through Switchboard.

    This preview episode was recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown in May and June 2020. We’ll be back in the autumn with the full season 2!
     
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    • 27 min
    “Just needs a chat” | Bonus lockdown episode

    “Just needs a chat” | Bonus lockdown episode

    We’ve based this special lockdown episode on untold stories from calls to Switchboard from the 70s and 80s, as usual. But the episode is also built around Adam and Tash’s reflections on the experiences of those LGBTQ+ callers’ from history and all of us today. We remain physically distant while trying new ways to be socially connected.
     
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    • 29 min
    “How nice!” | Bonus LIVE Episode 1

    “How nice!” | Bonus LIVE Episode 1

    We’ve taken The Log Books out of the archive for LGBT History Month! We recorded this special episode in front of an audience at an event in London on February 5th 2020. You’ll hear fresh voices and familiar ones, including Tash and Adam. As ever, we are led by the handwritten notes made by volunteers in Switchboard’s log books from 1974 to 1982.

    The event was held at the Finsbury Library and co-organised by Islington’s Pride, a Heritage Fund project that aims to preserve, archive and celebrate Islington’s LGBT+ heritage.
     
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    • 49 min
    Closing The Log Books | Episode 9

    Closing The Log Books | Episode 9

    Hello listeners, thank you for joining us through the laughter and tears of queer life in Britain from 1974 to 1982. In this final episode of our first season, Adam and Tash reflect on the stories we’ve all heard. We love hearing your reactions to the stories we’re telling too. Please keep them coming!

    The handwritten notes in Switchboard’s log books continue through the difficult years of the 80s. So we are planning to make a second season, covering 1983 to the early 90s. If you can help with funding, ideas or would like to share your story from those years, please email us on hello@thelogbooks.org. 
    — Shivani, Tash and Adam
     
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    • 7 min
    “I was an inconvenience” | Episode 8

    “I was an inconvenience” | Episode 8

    The early log books open up a world before HIV, showing what it was like for LGBTQ+ people needing healthcare between discos in the 70s. A doctor and a patient are among those who tell Tash and Adam what it was like. Some of the same infections are on the rise again today, as explained by Dr Tristan Barber, a consultant in HIV and sexual health.
     
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    • 31 min
    “It’s great to be gay!” | Episode 7

    “It’s great to be gay!” | Episode 7

    People often make a phone call because they are lonely and isolated, as the log books at Switchboard show. Exploring this issue, Tash and Adam hear from Tony Whitehead and others who took such calls in the dead of night. Chryssy Hunter explains about the issue of loneliness among our LGBTQ+ elders today.
     
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
137 Ratings

137 Ratings

Fran Wyburn ,

Poetic, emotive and informative

Just finished my first episode and can’t wait to find time to listen to the rest. Beyond the fascinating content that is so well put together I especially love the music that underscores the podcast, it really compliments and brings alive the narratives that are told. The podcast is so fluid and mesmerising in its delivery and the presenters do such a great job of structuring this important account of a history that is so relevant today! Awesome work

Retro photo geek ,

Well worth a listen

This log podcast gives a wonderfully insightful glimpse into LGBTQI+ history in London and the UK. Switchboard has been around for more than 40 years and the log books have captured well the changes and challenges in the LGBTQI+ society. Well worth a listen!

Dustings92 ,

Must-listen!

Since discovering The Log Books I have binged the entire season in a couple of days. Not ony are the stories utterly fascinating, and the hosting concise and thoughful, but it's exceptionally well produced - equally as engaging to any Netflix documentary. A total standout and I can't wait for season two!

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