Speak Out London – Diversity City is a new LGBTQ Oral History project based at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), which has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Our Heritage funding stream. The project will run from late September 2014 to August 2016.
The project will establish a community LGBTQ oral-history / memorabilia archive at LMA, which will record histories (1945-present). This new and significant contemporary archive will provide a powerful community collection to compliment and challenge more formal historical records. The existing collections held at LMA do not fully represent LGBTQ London history. The opportunity for individuals and groups to participate will do much to contribute to greater knowledge and understanding and ensure that people, currently invisible and silent in the records, will be seen and heard and their histories secured for future generations.
In consultation with historians and community representatives, five over-arching themes have been identified as focused starting points for the project: What Does London Mean to Me? Home Life, Sex and Relationships; Making Our Way; Campaigning and Beliefs and Out and About
The project team will work closely with participants and volunteers, providing a rich programme of activities and events over the next two years. There will also be training and education opportunities which will support groups wanting to run their own oral / memorabilia history sessions into the future.
The Speak Out London – Diversity City Archive will be made available through a website and on site at LMA through our Mediatheque facility.
The project provides opportunities for LGBTQ individuals and groups to work more closely with LMA, establishing community ownership in a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can contribute, explore, share and study collective histories. This strong foundation will establish Speak Out London – Diversity City Archive as a central part of LMA’s service, ensuring its ongoing development in the years ahead.
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