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Queer Reflections submission

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. This project seeks to revisit areas of our collections where stories may have previously been overlooked or unexplored in order to hear from people living in Essex today. We have identified objects with different degrees of connections to LGBTQ+ history in order to begin a discussion.

What's involved?

We want you to submit your reactions to and reflections on these objects. Help us collect your stories and document your experiences in order to preserve them for the future and celebrate them in the present. Is one of these objects significant to you and your experience? Do you have a story connected to it?

We want you to submit your reactions to an object in our online archive. You can write about the feelings the object invokes, the memories it recalls, or experience connected to it you want to share. Do you have connected objects? The reaction doesn't have to be written text alone, you can send photos

These submissions can be made anonymously. There is no word minimum.

Why get involved?

We want to build an interactive archive with real world experiences attached to the objects on display.

How to get involved?

Fill in this form or email sts@essex.gov.uk directly with the subject Queer Reflections.

Ideal Skills

  • Archiving
  • Reading/Storytelling

Ideal Interests

  • Archiving
  • Conservation
  • Learning and Education

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