Flat, 124 Micklegate

Jan Atlus was responsible for the plaque that went up on 124 Micklegate to commemorate a flat which had housed almost exclusively gay people for generations beginning the 1930s. The flat became well-known to the LGBTQI+ community as a gay space for socialising and having parties.

Kit Heyam has written about how, with the tradition broken, the space lost its significance:

"This demonstrated that the meanings attached to places can be ephemeral – perhaps a particular problem for knowledge of LGBT history, which often belongs to closed communities and is not assimilated into "mainstream" collective memory."
Rainbow Plaques, Mapping York’s LGBT History