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Telling the Stories of Rural LGBTQ+ Lives

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A panel of specialists discuss developing and undertaking new research to uncover and make accessible queer rural stories, with Q&A

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Our speakers for this panel session are specialists in developing and undertaking new research to uncover and make accessible queer rural stories. Norena Shopland will discuss how rural heritage organisations can utilise her research to showcase a queer reading of the local landscape, while Joe Jukes touches upon understanding of the word ‘queer’ and how it can provide a different approach to telling marginalised stories, whilst pushing for change. Tim Allsop collects life stories of rural queer people and mediates them through technology, theatre, and film.

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Tim Allsop is an actor, writer, and director. After studying History at Balliol College, Oxford, Timothy trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Tim holds an MA in Creative Fiction from Royal Holloway. His plays include Open (co-written with Chris Adams) and fiction work includes The Smog, along with various short story publications. He is co-leading the Queer Rural Connections Project, writing the original play based on real life interviews, and directing the live theatre production and film. The film is currently being screened in film festivals. @TimothyCAllsop1


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Joe Jukes (they/them) is a PhD researcher at the Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender, University of Brighton. Joe's research concerns rural queer experiences, relations and emotions, asking how we might think about the countryside's LGBTQ+ communities differently. Joe has presented their research for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, at the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association, and has written for CPRE - The countryside charity. They also curated the exhibition Queer Constellations at the Museum of English Rural Life, which showcased 8 artists from across UK and Ireland. @jsdjukes


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Norena Shopland is an author/historian specialising in the history of sexual orientation and gender identity, particularly in reference to Wales. Her book Forbidden Lives: LGBT stories from Wales (Seren Books, 2017) is the first completely historical work on Welsh sexual orientation and gender identity. Queering Glamorgan and A Practical Guide to Searching LGBTQIA Historical Records (Routledge, 2020) have become very popular as toolkits to aid people doing original research. Shopland’s latest book A History of Women in Men’s Clothes: from cross-dressing to empowerment (Pen and Sword Books, 2021) looks at thousands of individuals who cross-dressed, cross-worked, and cross-lived as men. @NorenaShopland


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The Rural Museums Network is for rural life collections everywhere and the people who look after them.
In addition to events and activities, the Network operates a web-based discussion group, which is a great place to exchange information and to look for answers. The collective knowledge and expertise of the network is one of its key strengths, and there aren’t many questions that go unanswered, or mystery objects that remain unidentified!

 

 

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