April Ashley: Portrait of a lady

27 September 2013 to 1 March 2015

portrait photo of April Ashley

Photograph by Ken Walker. Courtesy of April Ashley

This exhibition has now closed

Born in Liverpool in 1935, April Ashley MBE, a former Vogue model and actress was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery. As one of the most famous transgender individuals and a tireless campaigner for transgender equality, she is an icon and inspiration to many.

In this former exhibition, for the first time, we explored April’s very public story through her previously unseen private archive and investigated the wider impact of changing social and legal conditions for all trans* and lesbian, gay and bisexual people from 1935 to today.

Alongside this, members of the trans and gender diverse communities also shared their own remarkable life stories.

A collaborative project between the Museum of Liverpool and  Homotopia - the international festival of queer arts and culture.

This exhibition was supported by the  Heritage Lottery Fund. It was launched as a key part of Homotopia's 10th anniversary in 2013.

Follow the links below to find out more about April's story.

*Definition : trans/transgender – an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.