Tue, 13 Feb


Wellington Library

Salop Assizes 1949

Organised by Telford LGBT Group

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Salop Assizes 1949

Time & Location

13 Feb 2018, 19:30

Wellington Library, Wellington, Telford TF1 1LX, UK

About the Event

Speaker, Peter Roscoe, grew up in Macclesfield in the 1950s and moved to London in his 20s. He moved to Shrewsbury in 1984 (and worked in Telford from 1988 until 2004).

He has a partner, Geoff (of 37 years) and they have a grown up son, Liam.

Over several years he researched a story about the arrests of gay men in Shrewsbury in 1949 and first made a Presentation of what he had found, at the Shrewsbury hub of the National LGBT History Festival in February 2017. He is not a Historian and makes no claims of academic ability; he just enjoys uncovering this story.

Salop Assizes: 1949; is the outcome of:

a) ongoing research, starting from local newspaper reports made in June 1949, about Shropshire men charged with gross indecency. (On June 23rd, 1949, four men from Shrewsbury and two men from Donnington were sentenced to prison terms, at Salop Assizes).

b) contemporary interviews/conversations with people living in Shropshire who knew that generation.

c) research into the extent to which gay men were prosecuted across the UK for gross indecency in the post WW2 period until recent times.

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