As part of our LGBT+ History Month activities, Kingston LGBTQ+ Forum is setting up an oral histories project to capture and record the heritage of local LGBTQ+ people.
Recently several people have shared their stories in some excellent blogs, and we hope to build on these personal histories. Oral histories are interactive and add another dimension to personal accounts. A good example of some oral histories can be heard in the panel discussion we recorded last year. SpeakOut London, hosted by the London Metropolitan Archives, is another first-rate example of an LGBTQ+ oral histories project.
We would love to hear from you if you’re interested in taking part in our oral histories project – whether as an interviewer, interviewee, or as a member of a panel discussion. You might be interested in taking part in an interview with a person with similar or very different experiences. There will also be opportunities to be involved in transcribing contributions, or technical tasks with audio recordings.
Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames Heritage Service ‘100 Histories’ project
In addition to our project, above, the Kingston Heritage Service invites residents to submit their own personal histories as part of their ‘100 Histories’ project. Residents can submit stories, places, objects, events and people that they think are important to the culture and heritage of Kingston Upon Thames – and as this month is LGBT+ History Month the Heritage Service and the Forum are especially keen to ensure that LGBT+ Histories are included. Further details of the project and instructions on how to submit contributions can be found by clicking here.