April Ashley Heritage Project

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Photograph of April Ashley

April Ashley was at the Museum of Liverpool on Friday to launch a new project by Homotopia Liverpool

On Friday, we hosted a very special event, marking the beginning of an exciting project that will culminate in an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

The event led by Homotopia Liverpool, took place to announce the ground-breaking project that will tell the story of the life of Miss April Ashley, utilising her unique collection of photographs, letters and personal documents supplemented with archive materials from Liverpool records Office, National Museums Liverpool and other sources.

April attended the event herself, and took part in a Q&A session with BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Philips, which inspired everyone who came along to hear about the project and April’s life.

The April Ashley Heritage Project will demonstrate the significant role April has played in making social and political history in Britain form 1935 to 2012. In detailing her life, the project will tell the wider story of social, political and legislative change affecting Trans, LGB and many other people in Britain over the past 70 years, and of the impact April’s story has had on family law and legal definitions of gender and identity.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project will culminate in autumn 2013, with an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool forming a key part of Homotopia’s 10th anniversary.

Homotopia Liverpool is currently looking for participants and volunteers to help deliver the April Ashley Heritage Project. You can help by telling your story, taking part in one of the reminiscence workshops, recording your own oral history, or just lending a hand as a volunteer. Contact bev@homotopia.net for further information.