Act One: Transitioning on the Force
Detective Sergeant Christian Owens was the first person to transition on Merseyside police and as such has turned his experiences into lessons for forces across the country. In this story he details how difficult it can be to be both trans and a police officer.
Story by: Ellie Field
Christian's Website: https://www.genderspaceuk.com/
Act Two: Unemployment on Merseyside
Mike (Mick) Jones’s huge mural hangs in the People’s Republic Gallery at the Museum of Liverpool. It depicts Liverpudlian’s fight for the right to work in the 20th Century taking in post-WWI marches as well as Liverpool’s lowest ebb, the 1980s. We hear the stories of those who fought for work and those who helped.
The storming of the Walker: https://inspidered.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/the-storming-of-the-walker-art-gallery/
A brief history of Blackburne House: https://www.blackburnehouse.co.uk/about
Mick Jones' obituary: https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2012/sep/09/mick-jones-obituary
Act Three: The Sun of Europe
Elisabetta Sirani (1638-65) was a 17th Century Baroque artist whose success defied her era in which women were denied academy training. Lead Curator of International Fine Art at the Walker Art Gallery, Kate O’Donoghue, talks us through Sirani’s remarkable but tragically short life.
The Walker Art Gallery has some works on paper of Sirani's that are not currently on display.
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Host: Jane Garvey
Produced by: Daniel O’Connor
Stories: Daniel O'Connor and Ellie Field
Post Production: Onomatopoeia Post Production
Artwork: Saffa Khan
Theme Music: Big Giant Circles