LGBT Archives Feb 2012


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LGBT Archives Feb 2012

  1. 1. The Manchester Room Greater Manchester County Record Office (with Manchester Archives) Follow us on e-mail: web address: The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies) Elliot House 151 Deansgate Manchester M3 3WD 0161 234 1979 0161 234 1098 (for microfilm/microfiche bookings) Greater Manchester County Record Office (with Manchester Archives) 56 Marshall Street New Cross Manchester M4 5FU 0161 832 5284
  2. 2. <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>We recognised our holdings and customers did not reflect Manchester in the 21 st cent. </li></ul><ul><li>Manchester City Council’s commitment to LGBT issues </li></ul><ul><li>Manchester Libraries Sexuality Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Lesbian & Gay Foundation Archive Project </li></ul>
  3. 3. Manchester’s LGBT Community <ul><li>Largest queer social scene outside London in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>An important history – both to the history of Manchester and the queer history of the country </li></ul>
  4. 4. An important history <ul><li>1880 Drag Ball </li></ul><ul><li>Alan Turing </li></ul><ul><li>NWCHLR > Campaign for Homosexual Equality </li></ul><ul><li>Manchester’s fight against Clause 28 </li></ul><ul><li>The Village </li></ul><ul><li>Pride Festival </li></ul><ul><li>queerupnorth </li></ul>
  5. 5. The North West Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Equality (NWCLGE) organised many events to lobby against Section 28. The largest of these was the national march, rally and festival in Manchester on 20 February 1988 Section 28 Protest in Manchester
  6. 6. What where our initial aims? <ul><li>to engage with the LGBT community in Manchester </li></ul><ul><li>collect archives relating to Manchester’s LGBT community. </li></ul><ul><li>to encourage and promote the study of the history of Manchester’s LGBT community </li></ul><ul><li>to raise awareness of our service to the LGBT community in Manchester </li></ul>
  7. 7. How did we achieve this? <ul><li>Survey LGBT organisations to find out what archives they hold and hopefully encourage deposits </li></ul><ul><li>Run a series of events aimed at the LGBT community </li></ul><ul><li>Look at what we already hold and promote this. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Records Survey <ul><li>The 2005 survey was based on TNA Community Archives Project case study </li></ul><ul><li>Send to 30 LGBT organisations (70% replied) </li></ul><ul><li>Led to several deposits and contact with queerupnorth </li></ul>
  9. 9. queerupnorth archives project <ul><li>Funded by HLF </li></ul><ul><li>Partners: queerupnorth, MALS, North West Film Archive, North West Sound Archive, Archives 4 All (TNA) </li></ul><ul><li>Catalogue archives – paper and film </li></ul><ul><li>Digitisitation </li></ul><ul><li>Oral History </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibition and promotion </li></ul>
  10. 10. Other collections <ul><li>MCC LGBT Employee Group </li></ul><ul><li>Papers of Margaret Roff </li></ul><ul><li>MCC Chief Executive's Department: Service Improvement and Inclusion Team </li></ul><ul><li>Records of Family and Friends of Lesbian and Gays </li></ul><ul><li>Papers of Stanley Rowe </li></ul><ul><li>Papers of Allan Horsfall </li></ul><ul><li>Court and Prison Records </li></ul><ul><li>Manchester City Council and Committees </li></ul>
  11. 13. LGBT History Month Events <ul><li>2012 - 8th year of events </li></ul><ul><li>Talks </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibitions </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Pub quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Archive open days </li></ul><ul><li>Walking tours </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul>
  12. 14. 2007 events
  13. 15. Internet
  14. 16. Source Guide What have we already got 'Top tips' Officially launched in 2007, new print Aug 2011 Html version on website Look on the shelves! Poor existing catalogues / indexes
  15. 17. Partnerships <ul><li>Organisations (queerupnorth, LGF) have been very keen to work with us </li></ul><ul><li>Many have been prepared to deposit records </li></ul><ul><li>Very little resistance </li></ul>
  16. 18. Why? <ul><li>MCC has a long commitment to LGBT issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Many LGBT organisations already work with MCC departments. </li></ul><ul><li>Manchester Libraries and Information Service have a successful track record of working with LGBT organisations </li></ul><ul><li>queerupnorth had already worked with Manchester Libraries in the ‘Big Gay Read’ project </li></ul><ul><li>LGBT organisations keen for their heritage to ‘remain in Manchester’ </li></ul><ul><li>City Library is the City Centre’s ‘branch library’. </li></ul>
  17. 19. Traditional approach to a 'new' audience <ul><li>Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Take deposits </li></ul><ul><li>Catalogue / Source Guide </li></ul>
  18. 20. Wider benefits <ul><li>Contributing directly to the corporate objectives and aims of MCC </li></ul><ul><li>Raised profile in Manchester Libraries and Manchester City Council </li></ul><ul><li>Access! </li></ul><ul><li>New users </li></ul>
  19. 21. Problems <ul><li>Homophobia </li></ul><ul><li>Politics! </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting policy </li></ul>
  20. 22. Evaluation <ul><li>Book stock, events and archives: #s talk </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback from customers: </li></ul><ul><li>“ It was an invaluable help to me in researching my MA thesis on how Manchester's queer history has become synonymous with the Village - you even get a credit” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We were there, my boyfriend & I, and on the march in 1991. We made it onto a Michael Cashman documentary for the BBC. It´s our 20th anniversary next month.” </li></ul>
  21. 23. The Future <ul><li>Targeted resources: for schools, youth groups, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>LGBT History Month </li></ul><ul><li>Future deposits: Transgender community, LGBT sports, Queer community </li></ul><ul><li>Look further at what we hold: eg. Quarter Sessions depositions </li></ul><ul><li>Wikify the Source Guide? </li></ul>
  22. 24. Community Archives <ul><li>It is important we take deposits or at least create surrogates in a form that can be preserved. </li></ul><ul><li>That they are stored in BS5454 conditions where possible </li></ul><ul><li>Otherwise community archives will not survive </li></ul><ul><li>Manchester Ukrainian Club Fire </li></ul>