Event preview: Queering the British Library

Next Tuesday (15th October), we will host our first event of the year. Steven Dryden, Broadcasts Recording Curator at the British Library, is coming to run a two-part session called ‘Queering the British Library’. This event is being run in conjunction with Warwick Oral History Network and The Library.

Steven Dryden event

Steven’s research interests include memory, activism and identity in contemporary culture. He led investigations into the audio and audio-visual for the Academic Book of the Future in 2016. In 2017 he co-curated the exhibition Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty at the British Library.

Steven has written a number of articles for the British Library about queer history, including:

This session is divided into two halves, although both feed into one another. From 16.00-17.00, Steven will focus on queer history. He will showcase some of the queer history available in British Library’s collections, touching on topics such as language and archives. Then, from 17.00-18.00, Steven will look at oral history. It will include a brief overview of the oral history resources that relate to LGBTQ lives in the British Libray. Steven will be bringing along some interesting clips from the library that have been found in the collection over the last few years of work.

Steven has suggested that attendees try to read in advance the introduction to: R.B. Parkison, A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across the World, (British Museum Press, London, 2013). A hard copy is available from the University of Warwick library and PDF copies can be requested by emailing us.

You are welcome to attend one or both parts of the session. We look forward to seeing you there!

Queering the British Library
16.00-18.00, Tuesday 15th October 2019
Wolfson Research Exchange 1, The Library*
Light refreshments provided

*to access the Wolfson, you need to be a member of permanent staff or a research student – if you are not, we will have someone standing outside to let you in so just say you are here for the Steven Dryden event

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