OUTing the Past talk series - Obscured Histories

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Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Royal Pavilion Gardens

Brighton

BN1 1EE

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Come and join us for four insightful talks examining hidden histories amongst the LGBTIQ+ community.

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Please note that Saturday and Sunday's talks are listed as two separate events For tickets to the talks on Sunday 23rd please follow this link.

Timings approximate and subject to change on the day. Tickets are free but to ensure as many people as possible get access to the event we ask that you cancel ahead of time if you won't be able to make it. If you haven't arrived by 12.15pm we reserve the right to release your ticket to somebody else. Thank you for your support of LGBT History Month.

While our venue is fully accessible visitors with any special requirements should see the Accessibility Information for Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

12.00pm Welcome & housekeeping

12.25pm Josh Rivers, Busy Being Black

Archiving Our Futures with Kuchenga Shenje

Podcast and archival project Busy Being Black speaks with writer and activist Kuchenga Shenje, whose work has been published in online magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, gal-dem, Dazed, and i-D. Kuchenga will share hard-earned wisdom about spirituality, successes and failures and discuss the LGBT, BAME and literary figures who have helped and inspired her as a black transsexual feminist writer.

12.55pm Tour of Queer the Pier exhibition led by community curators

1.25pm 20 minute break

13.45pm The ‘Special Problem’: Construction and treatment of female homosexuality in England 1947-1977

Dr Sarah Carr & Dr Helen Spandler

Dr Sarah Carr and Dr Helen Spandler reveal the findings of their archival study investigating what happened to same-sex attracted women in the mental health system in the 1950s-70s. From the pioneering professionals who encouraged the women to accept themselves to the unethical, experimental ‘treatments’ endured by others, this talk paints a complex picture of a science which had not yet reached a consensus about whether homosexuality could, or indeed should, be treated.

2.15pm Uncovering Queer Working-Class History: A 20 Minute Archival Treasure Hunt, performed by Bird La Bird

2.45pm 20 minute break

15.05pm Famine, War & Kindertransport: 100 Years of Quaker Lesbian Pride & Awe - Dr Hilda Clark & Edith Pye LH OBE

Clare B Dimyon MBE

‘Life long companions’ Dr Hilda Clark and Edith Pye worked tirelessly together in Vienna to save lives and relieve the suffering caused by the First World War. In 1938 Hilda returned to help the children of persecuted groups flee Nazi Europe on the Kindertransport. This talk explores personal correspondence revealing the remarkable bond that sustained the women through these incredibly trying times.

3.35pm Fighting With Pride

Caroline Paige

Writer Caroline Paige talks about her book Fighting With Pride, a collection of stories of LGBT servicemen and women serving with the British Armed Forces both before and after the lifting of the ‘gay ban’. For those exposed and dragged from the shadows, these are accounts of arrest, harrowing investigations and of being forced to resign or ‘dismissed in disgrace’. For others, their experiences tell of servicemen and women who today enjoy exceptional careers at the front line of operations worldwide.

4.05pm Tour of Queer the Pier exhibition led by community curators

4.35pm Thanks & Evaluations

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