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Queer Reflections: Oral History project

Queer Reflections: revisiting our collections, our online archive of LGBTQ+ relevant objects from Saffron Walden Museum and Southend Museums explores sexuality, gender, and identity. Jenny Oxley, Collections Officer (Human History) at Saffron Walden Museum, and Vittorio Ricchetti, Assistant Curator (Social History) at Southend Museums, have delved into their collections to highlight objects that have connections to LGBTQ+ histories. In doing so they have identified a range of items that demonstrate that non-binary gender identity, queer relationships, and fluidity in its many forms are represented in our museum collections.

We cannot define or label people or movements retrospectively, if queer histories are not identified and recorded at the time an object is collected that connection is at risk of being silenced. We want to hear from you about your experiences of LGBTQ+ Essex. We want to record your stories for our oral history collection to in order to preserve them for the future and celebrate them in the present.

What's involved?

We want to interview you and record your story. This can be done online, or in person as current restricitions allow.

We can also train you in oral history collection so you can conduct interviews for Snapping the Stiletto: Campaigning for Equality.

Why get involved?

These stories need to be perserved otherwise they are at risk of being forgotten or misrepresented.

How to get involved?

Get in touch with us at sts@essex.gov.uk if you identify as LGBTQ+ and have a connection to Essex to share your story or get involved in oral history training and collection.

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