Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender

ESRC seminar series

The series was called minding the knowledge gaps. It consisted of six seminars and a final conference which took place at the Abbey Centre in Westminster.

Seminar one

Older Bisexual Lives - Current Initiatives and Future Directions
University of Nottingham
24th April 2013

Rebecca Jones - Bi ageing: What do we know and why should we care?
Sue George - You're not *still* bisexual are you? Bi identity, community and invisibility moving towards and in older age.

First reflection
Second reflection

Seminar two

Intergenerational Issues and LGBT people – Current Initiatives and Future Directions
University of Oxford
10th September 2013

Reflections from June Lowe.

Seminar three

Older LGBT People - the intersections of ethnicity, culture and religion
University of Nottingham
23 January 2014

Flyer on the seminar.

Seminar four

Counting the costs?  Resources, Austerity and Older LGBT People
University of Surrey
29th April 2014

Martin Mitchell - Not just 'a nice thing to do'
SC Noah Uhrig - Poverty and material well-being of LGBT elders

Reflections on counting the costs.

Seminar five

Trans Ageing
St Thomas Conference Centre, Manchester
Wednesday 10th September 2014

Seminar six

New Directions in Health, Housing and Social Care: what do older LGBT people want?
University of Surrey
Wednesday 26th November 2014

Kathryn Almack's Presentation (PPT 2.94MB)

Final conference

Wednesday 28 January 2015, 10.30 to 17.30
The Abbey Centre, Westminster, London

Final conference of the ESRC seminar series 'Minding the Knowledge Gaps'

The final conference in the two-year long ESRC funded seminar series took place at the Abbey Centre, Westminster, London on the 28 January 2015.

This series explored gaps in current knowledge about the lives of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. The conference promised to be a very stimulating and insightful day.

The keynote speakers were Baroness Liz Barker and Peter Tatchell, both recognised for their long-standing commitment to and support for LGBT rights. Other speakers also addressed the six topics from the seminar of the series:

  • Older bisexual lives
  • Intergenerational issues and LGBT people
  • Intersections of ethnicity
  • Culture and religion
  • Resources and austerity
  • Trans ageing
  • Health, housing and social care.


A further highlight of the day was an LGBT ageing ‘Question Time’ panel discussion, which included representatives from:

  • Stonewall
  • Age UK
  • Trans-activist groups
  • Stonewall Housing
  • The Open University
  • Opening Doors London
  • prize-winning author Vernall Scott.

The day was rounded off by a poetry reading, preview of the film GenSilent and film of Trans activist and academic Stephen Whittle OBE plus a presentational talk by the writer and performer Clare Summerskill.


Take a look at the programme for the day.