Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Curiouser and Curiouser: LGBT History Conference

LGBT history and heritage ideas are going from strength to strength. But what are the challenges around collecting, conserving and communicating the history of LBGT people and who and what is that history for? The London Metropolitan Archives are organising their sixth annual LGBT History and Archives Conference, which will include talks, Q&A sessions and workshops.

The programme includes speakers currently working on a variety of LGBT heritage projects including:

Proud Heritage: How proud are Britain's Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Archives
Jack Gilbert

Over the last three years Proud Heritage has been on an unprecedented journey, working with leading figures at UCL and Leicester University to analyse the challenges facing LGBT memory and cultural ancestry in the heritage sector – and developing some innovative ways forward.

Nottinghamshire's Rainbow Heritage
David Edgley

Celebrating Nottinghamshire’s LGBT lives, hidden history and culture, the website gives many opportunities for interaction.

Imperial War Museum North: Military Pride
Catherine Roberts and James McSharry

Military Pride maps personal experiences across forty years of changing laws and evolving social attitudes toward homosexuality. It presents a unique snapshot of military life for gay men and women.

Shropshire Archives: Some People Are Gay, Get Over It!
Maureen Turner and Kerry Dickins

A resource for Key Stage 3 and 4 teachers and students funded by the MLA West Midlands’ ‘Learning Links’ initiative.

Brighton Ourstory: Sodomy and Suffrage
Linda Pointing and Tom Sargant

Brighton Ourstory are working on a major new exhibition for Brighton Pride 2009. Linda and Tom will relate some of the joys and perils of researching local LGBT history.

A Most Extraordinary Affair
Rose McMahon

Interpreting the Legendary Ladies of Llangollen at the Plas Newydd House and Museum

The day will also feature a selection of afternoon workshops to choose from
- RUKUS! presenting an informal discussion on the development of the rukus! Black LGBT Archive and its new project Sharing Tongues,
- LGBT HISTORY MONTH - Building on the past and looking to the future - getting involved in LGBT History with Sue Sanders, - BUILDING A SPACE with Jane Standing of Kairos in Soho,
- CABINETS OF CURIOSITY – Developing and exploring museums and their LGBT collections with Jack Gilbert, Rose McMahon, Catherine Roberts and James McSharry
- OPENING DOORS: INCLUSIVITY AND ARCHIVES l- Developing LGBT collections in archives, opening up access and encouraging new users with Sue Donnelly, Parveen Betab and Anna Kisby

Curiouser and Curiouser: The Sixth Annual LGBT History and Archives Conference
Saturday 6 December 2008
9.30am - 4.30pm
£10 / £7.50 (pre-booking essential)
London Metropolitan Archives
40, Northampton Road
London EC1R 0HB

To book, call 020 7332 3851 or write to the above address.
Cheques should be made payable to the City of London.
Please write the event name on the back of the cheque.

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