Today Val Stevenson from Library Services will be speaking at an international conference organised by the LGBT arts and social justice organisation Homotopia and National Museums Liverpool. The Un-straight Museum will explore the role of cultural institutions, curators, and archivists in representing marginalised communities and promoting diversity.
Taking place in the Museum of Liverpool where the major exhibition exploring Trans* experience, ‘April Ashley: portrait of a lady’ has already been seen by more than 200,000 visitors, the conference will address the under-representation of LGBT heritage in mainstream public spaces. It will also showcase examples of ground-breaking work where hidden histories are being uncovered and presented.
Val will present a session on our work with Homotopia to stage the ‘Germ-Free Adolescents/England’s Erotic Dream’ exhibition in the MetQuarter shopping centre last autumn, discussing the experience of taking archive material out to a wider public beyond the university. The exhibition was based on a final year degree show by Luca Bartozzi, formerly a LJMU student in the Liverpool School of Art. Luca selected around 40 images from the ‘England’s Dreaming’ and ‘Adventures in Wonderland’ archives to explore issues of gender, identity, performance and playfulness in punk.
For more information about the conference, including live broadcasts of some of the sessions, see the website. For more information about these archives, see our website or contact the LJMU Archivist.