Freeing ourselves from evolutionist and structuralist conceptions allows us to fetish institut the fetish not merely as the object of an irrational and arbitrary choice of people in primitive cultures but a potentially universal mechanism of deception, fantasy or desire. Art and art history likewise attest to the continuing legacy of terms originally devised for the description of other, non-Western cultures and has most recently focused not only on fetishism and magic but the materiality and mediality of their objects. It no longer invokes wandering, rambling, or roaming, and is now understood negatively in relation to a prescribed path or goal.
The archive started in with the records of numerous male UK leather clubs and has since expanded to hold the collections of all sexualities, gender identities, and kink persuasions. The archive also holds an extensive collection of books, pamphlets, and magazines documenting UK fetish history from the early s to the present day. this tour to find out more about the archive and the stories it holds.
Anyone with an interest in the history and heritage of the leather, rubber, kink, BDSM, and fetish community in the UK. Because we would like to keep the staff and each other safe, we expect and recommend face coverings to be worn the public areas that can become crowded. These are the corridors, toilet areas and the queues at the bar.
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In addition to these measures, Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are also numerous hand-sanitising stations available and touch-free drinking fountains. He qualified as an archivist in and started at Bishopsgate in Explore our online events Watch our lunchtime concerts Discover our archives.
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Practical information This tour goes down into our archive store, and we regret that this tour is not accessible to anyone who uses a wheelchair or who is unable to use steps or stairs. Although the space is air conditioned and well-ventilated, social distancing isn't always possible and we therefore kindly ask guests to wear a mask when on the tour.
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Sharing similar interests, they were both Communist Party Members and involved with organisations such as the Aid to Spanish Youth Committee. The archive includes the truncheon taken from the police by Mark Ashton, correspondence, personal scrapbooks, press cuttings, and various other papers relating to the couples activism.
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