Credit: Sally Munt

As museums across the country await reopening, Queer Heritage South are thrilled to launch an extensive new Queer Heritage South Digital Museum this month. Queer Heritage South is where LGBTQ+ heritage can be preserved, sourced and celebrated. This is not just a collection of exhibits but a comprehensive LGBTQ+ archive that the community of Brighton and beyond are invited to contribute to, enjoy and share.

It allows visitors to upload videos, images and interviews, creating their own secure, digital archive to join a wide range of content available from 26 March. Queer Heritage South Digital Museum now seeks contributions from those wishing to be part of this important online space, hosting rare LGBTQ+ photographs, memorabilia, writing and footage.

Contributions can be fully captioned and credited, uploaded temporarily or forever. Designed for easy navigation, Queer Heritage South will be fully searchable so viewers can locate the histories and stories that resonate with their own lives.

Queer Heritage South will in addition, include an accompanying podcast series titled My Queer Museum featuring interviews with notable members of Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ+ community. 

Podcast highlights include novelist and activist Juno Dawson reflecting on her successful This Book Is Gay published in 2014,the writing of which was foundational in Juno’s transition journey, paving the way for this year’s follow up This Book Is Trans, Brighton Gin founder and broadcaster Kathy Caton talking about Brighton’s celebrated LGBTQ+ pubs and venues, Marlborough Productions creative director Tarik Elmoutawakil offering a highly personal glimpse into his teenage diaries, Rainbow Chorus singer and choir leader Aneesa Chaudhry on mixtapes: Her first mixtape was a significant gift from her first girlfriend. FinallyQueer The Pier (Brighton Museum & Art Gallery) community curator, Janet Jones discusses a controversial t-shirt that opened her mind to queer life.

Credit: Sally Munt

Interviews are conducted by Roni Guetta and David Sheppeard of Marlborough Productions. Exhibition curator EJ Scott (Museum of Transology) contributes to all podcasts, offering a perspective on ways LGBTQ+ heritage can be preserved and discovered for future generations. 

Expect photographs, posters and flyers from historic Brighton LGBTQ+ nightlife, memorabilia from Brighton’s inimitable performer and host Boogaloo Stu, content charting the creation of exhibition Queer the Pier – in-depth stories behind items in this current exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. In addition, expect oral histories from the Queer in Brighton collection, highlights from the Museum of Transology collection and now, hotly anticipated contributions from the LGBTQ+ community of Brighton and Hove.

This far-reaching project has been developed by Marlborough Productions with support from University of Sussex, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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