Speak Up! Speak Out! Conference

The Speak Up! Speak Out! conference will take place on Saturday 5 December 2015, 10am-4.30pm at London Metropolitan Archives, 40, Northampton Road, EC1R 0HB

The thirteenth annual Speak Out Volunteers Discuss DocumentsLesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer History and Archives conference focuses on community history, collecting, caring for, understanding our past and sharing our heritage, inspired by the Speak Out LGBTQ+ oral history project.

There will be particular focus on history held in the memory of buildings and places and how this can be lost, rediscovered and preserved.

We are inviting proposals to contribute to this event. It is hoped the day will include the following themes / areas of work – but other community history themes are very welcome:

  • The opportunities and challenges of oral history
  • Alternative / subversive community history – what’s out there that is breaking the mould? How has the idea of LGBTQ community history moved on? What are the downsides of mainstreaming and centralisation?
  • Place, memory and activism.
  • Young people’s projects. What inspires them and what impact do they have?
  • Who / what is community history for? How is it shared? In reality does it really speak out and up?
  • Archives, archiving and the community voice. The impact of formal practice and institutions on the meaning/ value of community history.

If you are interested in being involved in the day as a group, individual speaker, panel member, exhibitor, stallholder and / or performer please send an expression of interest with a brief description of your idea (no more than 200 words) to Rosemary.munro@cityoflondon.gov.uk by midnight 13 September 2015.

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