Queer Heritage South Launches A Digital Museum

Queer Heritage South launched a digital museum on March 26th 2021 and are actively seeking local contributors to add their own photos, footage or writing to the existing historic digital art.

Introducing Queer Heritage South

As museums across the country await reopening, Queer Heritage South are thrilled to launch an extensive new Queer Heritage South Digital Museum this month. This is where LGBTQ+ heritage can be preserved, sourced and celebrated.

This is not just a collection of exhibits but a comprehensive LGBTQ+ archive that the community of Brighton and beyond are invited to contribute to, enjoy and share. 

Queer Heritage South Digital Museum will allow visitors to upload videos, images and interviews, creating their own secure, digital archive to join a wide range of content available from March 26. 

Queer Heritage South Digital Museum is currently seeking contributions from those wishing to be part of this important online space, hosting rare LGBTQ+ photographs, memorabilia, writing and footage. 

Contributions can be fully captioned and credited, uploaded temporarily or forever. Designed for easy navigation, Queer Heritage South will be fully searchable so viewers can locate the histories and stories that resonate with their own lives. 

There will also be an accompanying podcast series titled ‘My Queer Museum‘ featuring interviews with notable members of Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ+ community.  

Pride photo by Sally Munt from 1995

Podcast highlights include novelist and activist Juno Dawson reflecting on her successful ‘This Book Is Gay‘ published in 2014, the writing of which was foundational in Juno’s transition journey, paving the way for this year’s follow up This Book Is Trans, Brighton Gin founder and broadcaster Kathy Caton talking about Brighton’s celebrated LGBTQ+ pubs and venues, Marlborough Productions Creative Director Tarik Elmoutawakil offering a highly personal glimpse into his teenage diaries, Rainbow Chorus singer and choir leader Anessa Chaudry on mixtapes: Her first mixtape was a significant gift from her first girlfriend. Finally ‘Queer The Pier‘ (Brighton Museum & Art Gallery) Community Curator, Janet Jones discusses a controversial t-shirt that opened her mind to queer life. 

Interviews are conducted by Roni Guetta and David Sheppeard of Marlborough Productions. Exhibition curator EJ Scott (Museum of Transology) contributes to all podcasts, offering a perspective on ways LGBTQ+ heritage can be preserved and discovered for future generations.  

By visiting Queer Heritage South you can expect photographs, posters and flyers from historic Brighton LGBTQ+ nightlife, memorabilia from Brighton’s inimitable performer and host Boogaloo Stu, content charting the creation of exhibition Queer the Pier – In-depth stories behind items in this current exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

A Section 28 protest 1987/88 by Sally Munt

In addition, expect oral histories from the Queer in Brighton collection, highlights from the Museum of Transology collection and now, hotly anticipated contributions from the LGBTQ+ community of Brighton and Hove. 

This far-reaching project has been developed by Marlborough Productions with support from the University of Sussex, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. David Sheppeard, Queer Heritage South Project Director says:

“We are delighted to be opening our Queer Digital Museum after a year that has really demonstrated how precarious, but vitally important community heritage is.

It brings us together around stories and experiences, it builds empathy, it allows us to learn from the past and shape the future.

We’re so grateful to the generosity of the contributors to the Museum so far and are excited to see what else we can unearth – please get in touch if you have something to share, we would love to hear from you!” 

– David Sheppeard

Queer Heritage South grew out of the LGBTQ+ oral history and exhibition project Queer in Brighton initiated by New Writing South, Marlborough Productions and Photoworks in 2012, it has since evolved, producing the LGBTQ+ History Club event series and most recently partnering on the ‘Queer the Pier’ exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

Brighton Pride 2004: motor Dykes by Jay Brady

In 2020 Queer Heritage South relaunched with a new identity, aiming to encourage and support communities across the regions to discover and learn more about their LGBTQ+ heritage. 

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