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Transgender Day of Remembrance

21 November 2013 by Kay

The wreath in the April Ashley: portrait of a lady exhibition

The wreath in the April Ashley: portrait of a lady exhibition

Yesterday, Wednesday 20th November, was Transgender Day of Remembrance. We laid a wreath in the ‘April Ashley: portrait of a lady‘ exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool to commemorate all those who have been murdered or taken their own lives because of transphobia.

Representatives from Armistead, Merseyside Police, Transforum, Homotopia and Trans-Chester joined visitors and staff in a minutes silence.
April herself suffered transphobia throughout her life, from family members, the media and also strangers in the street.
You can find out more about hate crime from members of the trans community and Merseyside Police in the exhibition.

Glittering accessories inspired by former Vogue model

15 October 2013 by Lisa

Ruby red crystal peacock ring

Ruby red crystal peacock ring

This month we are getting inspired by the glamour and beauty of the April Ashley exhibition at Museum of Liverpool. The former Vogue model and actress has a unique sense of style and was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery.

Her love of vibrant accessories has lead us to stock up on colourful cocktail rings and sparkling vintage-style pieces for the new exhibition range.

Everyone from independent fashion blogs to UK Vogue are getting excited about the rich reds and burgundies from the Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalk shows and we can see why. Read more…

April Ashley Private View competition

19 September 2013 by Lucy

Image of April Ashley

April Ashley: portrait of a lady opens Friday 27 September

Next Friday 27 September, April Ashley: portrait of a lady will open to the public at the Museum of Liverpool, in partnership with Homotopia.

We’ve had a sneak peek and it’s looking absolutely amazing, and well worth a visit.

April’s story is one that has captured the interest of many, ever since she was ‘outed’ as transsexual in the Sunday papers over 50 years ago. Since then, her life has been front page news on numerous occasions, yet her irrepressible character has carried her through, making her a true inspiration for many people around the world.

April was born George Jamieson in Liverpool in 1935, so it’s amazing that she’ll be returning to the city of her birth to see this exhibition dedicated to her life.

You could be there too to preview the exhibition before it opens to the public, at a special Private View on Thursday 26 September! We have five pairs of tickets available to win, by answering the following question:

Where did April have her gender reassignment surgery?

Please send your answer along with your name and telephone number to press@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

The deadline for entries is Monday 23 September at 5pm, and winners will be notified on Tuesday 24 September.

Good luck!

 

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month

21 February 2013 by Kay

April Ashley at the Museum of Liverpool

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year this month. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. A Liverpool Trans pioneer and inspiration, Miss April Ashley MBE, will be the focus of a groundbreaking exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool opening in September.

In partnership with Homotopia, the exhibition will tell the story of April’s life and will explore the significant role she has played in making social and political history in Britain. In detailing April’s life, the project will tell the wider story of social, political and legislative change affecting Trans, LGB and many other people in Britain over the past 70 years, and of the impact April’s story has had on family law and legal definitions of gender and identity. Read more…

April Ashley Heritage Project

31 July 2012 by Lucy

Photograph of April Ashley

April Ashley was at the Museum of Liverpool on Friday to launch a new project by Homotopia Liverpool

On Friday, we hosted a very special event, marking the beginning of an exciting project that will culminate in an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

The event led by Homotopia Liverpool, took place to announce the ground-breaking project that will tell the story of the life of Miss April Ashley, utilising her unique collection of photographs, letters and personal documents supplemented with archive materials from Liverpool records Office, National Museums Liverpool and other sources.

April attended the event herself, and took part in a Q&A session with BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Philips, which inspired everyone who came along to hear about the project and April’s life. Read more…