April Ashley MBE, by Tim Walker, 2010


About this object

"45 years and four months after I became the woman I wanted to be, I had a piece of paper to prove I really am April Ashley. I feel free at last.”
April Ashley, 2005

April Ashley was born George Jamieson, in Liverpool, 1935. Although identified as male at birth, April always felt and looked like a girl. Childhood was a lonely and traumatic time.

By her early twenties she was finally able to accept and reveal her true identity. In 1960 April was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery. She later went on to become a Vogue model and an actress.

April is one of the most famous transgender individuals and a campaigner for transgender equality, especially in relation to the Gender Recognition Act 2004. In 2012 she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

This 2010 portrait, by Tim Walker, was first displayed in the Museum of Liverpool’s exhibition, April Ashley: Portrait of a lady. It was later presented to the Museum on Transgender Day of Remembrance, 2015.

Object specifics

  • Title
    April Ashley MBE, by Tim Walker, 2010
  • Accession no.
  • Type
  • Artist/Maker
    Tim Walker
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
  • Materials
    Paper; Metal; Wood; Glass
  • Location
    Museum of Liverpool, Second Floor, People's Republic
  • Measurements
    565 mm x 480 mm x 30 mm
  • Related people
    April Ashley (Associated Person) ; Tim Walker (Artist/maker)
  • Collection
    From the Museum of Liverpool collections
Object view = Social History
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