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Uncovering the Archive of April Ashley MBE and Trans Lives in Liverpool

The exhibition centres on April Ashley MBE model, actress and gender pioneer, who was one of the first people in the world to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

It also explores the private worlds of gender variant people in the nineteenth century through a case study of William Seymour and concludes with a case that uses personal items and ephemera to document the lives and activism of individuals and organisations from across Liverpool.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Liverpool Central Library, Culture Liverpool, LJMU, Louise Muddle, Sophie Green and Billie-Gina Thomason.

Creative Writing Sessions

Saturday 17th and 24th August 1-3pm.

As part of the current exhibition, we are running two workshops which will enable trans people to document their experiences in Liverpool to uncover new stories for 21st century Liverpool.

Taking the form of two creative writing workshops, these sessions will be led by local author, Charlie Lea, who will guide participants in writing a short, true-life piece about themselves. Together with the exhibition content, participants will have access to archive material for inspiration. Participants will have the opportunity to deposit their stories in the archive for permanent preservation.

The sessions are limited to 10 participants and booking is essential via

3rd Floor, Liverpool Central Library, William Brown St