Here we list events organised or involving members of the Sexual Knowledge unit members.

The Sex and History Project: talking sexuality, gender and identity with objects from the past – LGBTQ+ Soc event for LGBT History Month

University of Exeter Exeter

Our unit director Dr Jen Grove will be discussing Sex and History, a community and outreach project which uses historical artefacts to get people of all ages - and especially young people - talking more easily about issues around sex, gender and relationships today. What material can help us to safely discuss LGBTQ+ in the classroom, the museum […]


Guest Speaker: Mary Robson (Durham University)


Mary Robson, creative facilitator in arts in health & education on Wellcome Trust-funded project Hearing the Voice (Durham University) will speak to us on 'Inside and also Independent: The Role of a Creative Facilitator in Interdisciplinary Research Projects'. All welcome. Full abstract and speaker biography below. Part of the Centre for Medical History seminar series at University […]


Sex in Six Objects workshop – the Roman “penis pot”

Museum of Archaeology Anthropology Downing Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom

A free workshop for young people aged 16-25 looking at an intriguing Roman “penis pot” plus a selection of similar artefacts from the past, and how objects like these have helped people in the modern world to think about sexuality. Lead by Drs Jana Funke and Jen Grove of University of Exeter and Imogen Gunn, curator at the Museum of Archaeology Anthropology (MAA), Cambridge. This event […]


Gender Identity and Diagnosis Workshop, London

The Sexual Knowledge unit are organising an informal workshop exploring questions around gender identity and diagnosis. This will bring together representatives from gender identity clinics, policy makers, community organisers, youth workers, artists, young people and academics. The aim of the workshop is to network, identify shared questions and interests, and think about future collaborative activities. This workshop is by invite […]

Guest Speaker: Helen Wickstead (Kingston University London

Marchant Syndicate Room A Building:One, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom

Helen Wickstead, Senior Lecturer at Kingston University London in Museum and Gallery Studies and Heritage, will talk to us on ‘"The Prehistoric Phallus: A History of Archaeology and Sex". All welcome. A joint seminar as part of the Centre for Medical History and Department of Archaeology seminar series at University of Exeter. Abstract: Objects thought to represent the erect […]


Guest Speaker: Lisa Downing (University of Birmingham)

Room 128 Amory Building Rennes Dr, Exeter, United Kingdom

Lisa Downing, Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Birmingham, will talk to us on 'How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways…. On Female Narcissism, a Problem in the Psy Sciences'. All welcome. Full abstract and speaker biography below. Part of the Centre for Medical History seminar series at University of Exeter. […]


Transgender history workshop with Ann Heilmann (Cardiff)

Trinity Centre Trinity Road, Bristol, United Kingdom

Transgender: Cultural and historical developments and the “case” of James Miranda Barry Ann Heilmann (Cardiff)   This event is part of the Emergenc(i)es Festival, Bristol.  Abstract: This workshop considers the contemporary interest in transgender issues in relation to historical developments. It will explore how have perceptions and understandings of gender, sex and sexuality developed; how […]


Sex in Six Objects workshop – Freud, Homosexuality & Women

Freud Museum 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom

You might have heard of ‘Freudian slips’, ‘penis envy’ and the ‘Oedipus complex’, but what did Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, really think about gender and sexuality? Did he believe that we are born with a specific gender identity or sexuality? What did he think about bisexuality, homosexuality and trans identity? How did he […]


Beyond The Well of Loneliness: Reassessing Radclyffe Hall’s Place in LGBTQ History

The Old Council Chamber Wills Memorial Building, Bristol, Select a State:, United Kingdom

Listen to a recording of the talk here. Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness (1928) is one of the most famous and widely read lesbian novels. It is also a deeply controversial book that has been celebrated for its defence of homosexual relationships and criticised for its bleak depiction of lesbian love. This talk will […]


‘Dangerous’ influences: in the archive with Radclyffe Hall – Being Human Festival

Exeter Phoenix Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, United Kingdom

What influences shape our sexuality? Can literature be a ‘dangerous’ influence? In 1928, Radclyffe Hall’s lesbian novel ‘The Well of Loneliness’ was banned as ‘obscene’ and described as a ‘danger’ to youth. This event will feature a short performance written by playwright Natalie McGrath that draws on University of Exeter lecturer Dr Jana Funke’s work […]