An exhibition of images of gay history are to go on show next week, as part of the national LGBT History Week.

Photos of the first Pride march, on July 1st 1972, will also be on display next week at the Cooltan Arts centre in south London.

The free exhibition, specially commissioned by the Southwark LGBT Network, showcases images that reflect some of the joys, struggles and triumphs that the LGBT community has faced in recent years.

Alongside the exhibition, people are being encouraged to help create a LGBT history community space, by bringing along their own images such as small photographs from Pride events, or civil partnership ceremonies, poems, stories, and self-portraits, to be placed on a wall.

“The exhibition hopes to honour the bravery and solidarity that is reflected in the images,” says Dax Ashworth, the LGBT community development worker at Southwark Council, who organised the event.

“People will be able to add their own stories and history to contribute to the LGBT History Month. At the end of the exhibition, the contributions will be complied and edited to create a local LGBT resource.”

On Tuesday evening Southwark historian Stephen Bourne will introduce his video short Where There Was Silence (1988) in which five gay men, all portrayed by a single actor, recall the film Victim and how it affected their lives.

The free exhibition is open to the public from 10am to 5pm Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th February at Cooltan Arts, 237 Walworth Road, London SE17.