Jacquetta Hawkes was an original member of the Homosexual Law Reform Society, founded in May 1958 following the Wolfenden Report, which recommended that homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence. Committee meetings were sometimes held at the Priestleys’ flat, B4 Albany, hence the use of the name for the complementary charity, the Albany Trust. The Hawkes Archive includes correspondence and meeting minutes relating to Jacquetta’s work with both organisations. The Albany Trust is celebrating 50 years working “to improve the social conditions necessary for healthy psychosexual development” with a one day conference, “The Importance of being Albany”, on 30 May 2008 at the London School of Economics, whose Archives department includes the papers of the HLRC and the Trust. Christine Finn, Honorary Fellow of the University of Bradford, will be talking about Jacquetta’s involvement with the Trust.
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