The Log Books

The Log Books

By Tash Walker, Adam Smith and Shivani Dave

What if you could glimpse into LGBT+ life from decades ago? Since 1974 volunteers at Switchboard, the LGBT+ helpline, have written notes in the charity's log books. Hosts Tash Walker and Adam Smith are re-opening these pages today, to explore untold stories from Britain’s queer history.


Each episode explores a different theme from LGBT+ life through log book entries, dozens of voices sharing their own memories, and conversations about being queer today.


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Episodes

“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!If you’d like to support our work in bringing season 2 to life, you can contribute financially at supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.In this preview episode, Tash, Adam and Shivani welcome you into their production process for their next full season. The behind-the-scenes glimpse features old and new voices talking about the stories they want to share from 1983 to 1991. The season will cover HIV/AIDS, Section 28, the media — and the countless colourful stories from LGBT+ life that flowed through Switchboard.If you have a story to share, please contact us here: www.thelogbooks.org/your-story. 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!Excerpt from "Gay Rights (The London Programme)", first broadcast by London Weekend Television 10/04/87. With thanks to the BFI National Archive. The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.Music by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.org Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/06/2027m 48s

“Just needs a chat” | Bonus lockdown episode

This strange moment in history is bringing feelings of isolation and loneliness to so many of us. The coronavirus lockdown has even slowed the production of season 2 of The Log Books, as Tash and Adam are stuck at home. So let’s talk about it.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. Thanks to everyone who read log book entries for this bonus episode: Luis Amália, Frances Lubbe, Rhian Petty and Amy Spiller.The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.Music by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.orgFor more information about the themes in this episode, take a look at: London LGBTIQ+ COVID19 Mutual AidCOVID-19 – How LGBT-inclusive organisations can helpCovid-19 Information and ResourcesNHS: Mental wellbeing while staying at homeRethink: Covid-19 and mental illness Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/04/2029m 55s

“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. Here are the voices you’ll hear:Julian Hows, LGBT+ rights activist and former Switchboard volunteer Marlin Khondoker, project archivist with Islington's PrideSeán McGovern, project manager with Islington's PrideFemi Otitoju, former Switchboard volunteerAdam Smith, co-producer of The Log BooksTash Walker, co-producer of The Log Books and co-chair of Switchboard...and members of our live audience Special thanks to everyone who helped with the event and this bonus podcast episode: Luis Amália, Scott Flashheart, Helen MacKenzie, Egle Rutkauskaite and Eliot Smith.The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.Music by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.org Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/02/2049m 29s

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 AdamThe Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.Music by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.org Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/12/197m 2s

“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.Content warning: stories about transitioning and being intersex.The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.For more information about LGBTQ+ health, take a look at:Unexpected fluids SXT: Sexual health information GMFA — the gay men’s health projectBeating about the bush Lesbian Sex 101Mens R UsCliniQMusic by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.org Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/12/1931m 35s

“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.Content warning: stories about racism, including slurs, and suicide.The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.For more information about loneliness among LGBTQ+ elders, take a look at:Opening Doors LondonTackling loneliness and isolation can help older LGBT people’s healthMusic by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.org Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/12/1922m 59s

“Anything goes” | Episode 6

In the 70s, there was no such thing as an “LGBTQ+ community”. The log books reveal how identities, labels and definitions have always been in flux among those with minority sexual and gender identities. Former Switchboard volunteer Diana James is among the contributors who explains all this to Tash and Adam. Transgender and non-binary activists Owl and Fox Fisher guide us through their thoughts on how identities form in today’s internet-focused world.Content warning: historic terms.The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.For more information about identities and labels, take a look at:Why We Need More Queer Identity Labels, Not FewerStonewall’s glossary of termsA Brief History of the LGBTQ InitialismMusic by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.org Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/12/1931m 19s

“You might well be very angry!” | Episode 5

The 70s was a hotbed of activism, from lesbians fighting for child custody to gay men demanding equal laws for the age of sexual consent. Tracking the movement through the log books, Tash and Adam hear from activists on the frontline, including Lisa Power and Ted Brown. Meanwhile, young activists in a resurgent Gay Liberation Front discuss the actions they plan for 2020...Content warning: stories about racism and stories with sexual content.The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.For more information about LGBTQ+ rights, take a look at:Blowing the Lid by Stuart FeatherNo Bath But Plenty of Bubbles by Lisa Power A short history of LGBT rights from the British Library Music by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.org Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/12/1938m 34s

“Pretty policemen” | Episode 4

The log books are full of stories about raids on parties and arrests made in public toilets, as the police sought to stop men having sex with men in the 70s and 80s. Tash and Adam hear from the people who suffered through unfair laws and police persecution, a lawyer who defended them, and a retired police officer with regrets. Contributors include Terry Stewart, who is still seeking a pardon for his conviction today.Content warning: difficult stories of persecution by the police.The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.For more information about pardons and disregards for old crimes, take a look at:Alan Turing law: Gay, unjustly convicted - and now denied a pardonDon’t fall for the myth that it’s 50 years since we decriminalised homosexualityInformation on previous convictions, from GalopMusic by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.org Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/11/1935m 9s

"Let's not shy away from sex" | Episode 3

A quick glimpse into Switchboard’s log books from the late 70s might make you think that every caller wanted to know about sex. Tash and Adam hear from former volunteers such as Femi Otitoju on advising callers about how to do it, where to cruise, and importing sex toys. Contemporary poems from Michelle Mangal, Annie Hayter and Richard Scott put sex lives into modern words.Content warning: sexual content.The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.Poems:Mooncup by Michelle MangalPublic Toilets in Regent's Park by Richard Scott, reproduced with the kind permission of Faber and FaberGod-birth by Annie HayterFor more information about the items in this episode, take a look at:Mens R Us info for men having sex with menUnexpected Fluids podcastBeating about the bush sexual health guide for lesbiansLesbian Sex 101 Back Pocket Guide Trans Men Juno Roche on her book Queer SexRisk Aware Consensual Kink Music by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.org Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/11/1930m 24s

"Huddled together in a corner" | Episode 2

Pubs and clubs have brought LGBTQ+ people together for many years—to chat, plot, dance, and hook-up. Tash and Adam listen to stories from nights out in the 70s/80s, from the log books and new interviews. They hear how Elaine and Lyn’s lives changed forever in a pub more than three decades ago, and from the queer babes behind Aphrodyki, one of London’s hottest nights today.The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.For more information about queer nightlife, take a look at:Queer today, gone tomorrow: the fight to save LGBT nightlifeMusic by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.org Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/11/1932m 5s

"Crashpad needed" | Episode 1

Runaways and rough sleepers, communes and flatshares, crashpads and catastrophes... Stories about home feature heavily in Switchboard’s log books. Tash and Adam listen to LGBT+ people who searched for somewhere to live in the 1970s, and hear about the persistent problem of homelessness in 2019.Content warning: stories of suicide and racism, and historic terms.The Log Books — stories from Britain’s LGBT+ history and conversations about being queer today. Produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline.For more information about homelessness, take a look at:The Outside ProjectaktLGBT Youth Homelessness report by akt for the Proud TrustMusic by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.org Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/11/1931m 22s

Opening The Log Books

What if we told you that we could glimpse into LGBT+ life from decades ago? The Log Books are a unique set of documents tracking Britain’s queer history through the voices of people who have called for help.Since 1974 volunteers at Switchboard, the LGBT+ helpline, have written callers’ stories down in log books. Hosts Tash Walker and Adam Smith are re-opening these pages today, to hear worries and joys from Britain’s queer history. Episodes of The Log Books include untold stories from dozens of voices, and conversations about being queer today. The first full episode arrives on November 4th, 2019.The Log Books is produced by Shivani Dave, Adam Smith and Tash Walker, in partnership with Switchboard, the LGBT+ helpline.Music by Tom Foskett-BarnesArtwork by Natalie Dotohttps://www.thelogbooks.org Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/10/198m 11s
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