Wednesday February 21 2018

The theme of this year’s LGBT History Month is ‘Geography: Mapping the World’. As a contribution to this, on the 16 February the Foundation staged a small pop-up exhibition in the archive, exploring the geographies of Britten and Pears’ lives: the home they made for themselves, enmeshing themselves deeply with this part of Suffolk, and the places to which they travelled, as performers and as tourists.

Our exhibition LGBT History Month exhibition: Mapping the World in the Archive reading room.

Readers who were unable to be in the archive on that day can still interact with the exhibition.  As usual, images of material shown have been appearing on our Twitter feed. Most notably, for the display the Foundation created customised versions of Google Maps allowing readers to see the men’s homes, educational institutions, performance venues, tourist destinations and the places where Britten went to compose. These are now visible at a new page on our website.

Receipts from the Britten-Pears Foundation archive. You can see that Britten liked to shop locally.

The data on the maps is not yet complete – performances, for example, are still undergoing cataloguing – so we will add to the maps over time.  If you know of a significant location not yet on the map, do let us know!

Banner image: Pears’ travel diary, 1965