2020 - 2021 Modern Volume 17

Home after Home: Resting in Peace in Sheffield’s General Cemetery

By Catherine Kennedy. Sheffield general cemetery can be accessed via Cemetery Avenue, off Ecclesall Road. These days it is adjacent to an urban thoroughfare and the Sheffield Hallam Collegiate Campus, but when it was purchased for development, the site was an ex-quarry and its location was sufficiently rural for potential customers to worry about the …

2020 - 2021 Modern Volume 16

The Trial of Princess Seraphina: The First Recognisable Drag Queen in English History

by Bethan Davis Princess Seraphina, whose real name was John Cooper, was the first recognisable drag queen in English history, who took Thomas Gordon to court for stealing his clothes in 1732. The trial of Princess Seraphina was a captivating and enigmatic moment in LGBT+ history; sodomy was a capital punishment, and whilst Gordon outed …