Willow Persephone Ginbey-Fear, 2016

Youth opportunity: Queer Heritage Youth Programme

Are you aged 16-25 and interested in LGBTQ+ heritage?

Get involved in a training programme for young people from the Brighton area exploring LGBTQ+ history. Take on a role in building a new organisation to preserve the wealth of LGBTQ+ heritage in Brighton. Learn creative skills including curation and programming, gain leadership experience and work with archives and collections.

Take part in a series of bi-monthly workshops, meet artists and heritage professionals, learn about the rich LGBTQ+ history of the south, and create your own work.

Come to one or all of the sessions, according to your taste and interest.

Wednesday 19 June – Cut and paste: Making art with archives
Looking at how artists have worked with archives with a focus on zine making. How do we bring archives back to life, how can we use archival material in our art practice.

Wednesday 3 July – See me now: Queer self portraits
Discussing photographic representations, or lack of, in archives we will create our own self-portraits using film photography.

Wednesday 17 July – Put your hands around a memory: Archiving 101
Join guest speakers and museum professionals as we talk about the history and practices of archives.

Wednesday 31 July – Queer self-preservation: Reinventing the archive
Looking at community archiving practices we will discover how the queer community has organised to preserve its history. We will think about how this could be done in the future, what will digital archiving mean for our community, and how should we create our own archive practices.

Wednesday 14 August – Personal is political: Queer lives in archives
Queer archives have often consisted the ephemeral e.g. flyers, letters and personal items, as a necessary way to evidence the existence of queer lives and culture. If the personal is political, then archive it! We look at different examples from lesbian memes to pulp fiction and ask what makes an item archive worthy?

Wednesday 28 August – Hearing history
In this session we will consider the theoretical, practical and ethical implications of recording and holding material. With guests Roni Guetta from Queer in Brighton and historian Sharon Webb we will look at curating and archiving principles, take part in practical exercises and select extracts from queer oral histories for the public domain.

Wednesday 11 September – A day at the archive
A visit to The Keep; a purpose built archive and historical resource centre that holds a variety of material relating to LGBTQ+ history in Brighton and beyond. Hear from an archivists and discuss some of the ethical issues and responsibilities of this role.

Wednesday 25 September – An evening at the museum
An after-hours group visit to the Museum of Transology and the LGBTQ+ trail at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. A museum professional will talk to us about queering the museum.

Wednesday 9 October – Decolonising heritage
A talk about local heritage and architecture, and its colonial roots.

Wednesday 23 October – Visit to London
Join us on a day trip to London (times tbc) to visit some of the country’s most important LGBTQ+ collections and archives. Hear from the Bishopsgate archivist, Stef Dickers and explore their LGBTQ+ collection. Visit radical archive MayDay Rooms and community run 56a.

Sessions will take place from 6.30 to 8.30pm at the Young People’s Centre – 69 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE.

If you have any questions about the programme please email heritage@queerinbrighton.co.uk

A partnership project with Marlborough Productions CIC and New Writing South funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.