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- About Me
Most of my adult career has been about history. I started off as an archaeologist working in this country as well brief stints in Ireland and Cyprus. I’ve worked for a variety of venerable organisations such as the British Museum, the Museum of London, National Museums Scotland and others.
I was awarded a grant by English Heritage to do an MA in Artefacts at University College London and subsequently wrote two books Archaeological Finds: An Identification Guide and An Archaeological Finds Manual.
Before long it was only natural I should get interested in LGBT history and worked for LAGNA, the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive. I was also contracted to work with the Museum of London on their Reassessing What We Collect project and an oral history on women with HIV/AIDS at Positively Women in association with the British Library.
Having moved back to my native Wales I have worked almost exclusively on raising awareness of Welsh LGBT history which is very under represented in British LGBT history.
In 2012 I applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund to host the first LGBT exhibition in Wales. John Davies, the celebrated Welsh historian, gave his first speech on gay history. I also asked the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, if she would write a poem. This is now the first poem that a National Poet, or Poet Laureate, of any country in the world has written celebrating the LGBT people of their country. Taking her inspiration from the Ladies of Llangollen Gillian wrote Sarah at Plas Newydd, July 5th 1788.
Since then I continue to specialise in the LGBT history of Wales. I sit on the Diversity Forum at Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales and work with other museum and archives raising awareness on the inclusion of equality and diversity in their collections. I also worked with Cardiff Story Museum on the Celebrating LGBT Cardiff exhibition.
I travel throughout the country giving talks and presentations. In July 2017 I gave a presentation at the House of Commons to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967). I appear regularly on radio and TV.
- Recent Publications
Forbidden Lives: LGBT stories from Wales, Seren Books
August 2017 Radio Wales – The Story of LGBT Wales
August 2017 Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales – A Story on a Plate: The Ladies of Llangollen
November 2017 Guest Blog for Wen Women Why History Matters to You
December 2017 Radio Cardiff Forbidden Lives
January 2018 Wales Online These are the LGBT heroes who are said to have helped shape Welsh history
January 2018 BBC Radio Wales Sunday Supplement
February 2018 Welsh Assembly ‘As a member of a minority – does your history matter?’
May-June 2018 The Gay & Lesbian Review Belated Vindication for John Boswell
Summer 2018 The Welsh Agenda ‘Forbidden Lives’
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- Gender, Human Rights, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Museums, Public History, Sexuality, Women