Call for LGBTQ+ individuals to share memories of Manchester’s Gay Village

A group of researchers based at The University of Manchester are looking for older LGBTQ+ individuals to take part in a workshop on May 9, at Manchester Central Library. 

The workshop will provide a space for older LGBTQ+ individuals to come along, share and map their memories and experiences of Manchester's Gay Village.

These are ‘emotional’ maps where participants can share their memories and experiences of the village.

Participants will be asked to draw a map of the village as they remember it when they first came to it, today, and how they would like it to be in the future.

By gathering different stories, we aim to illuminate hidden accounts of LGBTQ+ people who use the Gay Village.

The workshop is free to attend, refreshments will be provided, and is funded by the ESRC NWSSDTP N8 Research Partnership.

Disability and accessibility requirements will be accommodated.

The maps gathered in this session will be later analysed in a workshop aimed at researchers and academics who wish to learn more about creative mapping methods.

They will then be used, in collaboration with some of the outputs from the analysis session, to form the basis of a mobile exhibition which will be shown in numerous venues across Greater Manchester.

The exhibition will discuss the complex history of the Village and the current changes it is experiencing.

This project should help to give a voice to an often-overlooked section of the LGBTQ+ community and has the potential to contribute to ongoing political debates over the development of the village as an urban space.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, May 9 2020, 12-3pm, in Manchester Central Library's Activity Room.

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