Speaker spotlight: Matt Exley

Accessing the Inaccessible? How National Museums Liverpool is uncovering their LGBTQ Collections

“This case study showcases the work being carried out at National Museums Liverpool as part of their Pride and Prejudice project attempting to uncover existing, but not necessarily documented LGBTQ material within their social history collections.

Researching existing collections has been portrayed as difficult, time consuming, ineffective, and at times simply impossible but our extensive research; undertaken with local LGBTQ communities has unearthed a range of objects which tell stories from Liverpool’s LGBTQ communities from the 1950s to the present.

This case study will show how National Museums Liverpool is using different research methods to produce a framework from which targeted searches of the collection are being undertaken. It will also show how once LGBTQ material has been uncovered how this research is incorporated in to documentation, labels and descriptions so as to permanently place the material within its LGBTQ context and be made available to the wider public.”

Matthew Exley

ME - PicMatthew has worked at the Museum of Liverpool since it opened in 2011, in the Education team and then as part of the team of curatorial team involved in creating the museum. Since June 2015 he has worked on National Museums Liverpool’s Pride and Prejudice project which aims to better research, uncover, and publish material within the Museum of Liverpool’s collection relating to the story of Liverpool’s LGBTQ communities.

Matthew studied his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Liverpool, developing a deep and keen interest in local history especially in the telling of stories of people, communities, and organisations that have been long neglected by the wider heritage sector.

Website: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/collections/research/lgbt/matt-exley.aspx

Twitter: @Mexley88

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The Museum of Liverpool is one of the country’s most visited museums outside of London. It is the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century, demonstrating Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world. The first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city, it showcases popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues. It has attracted more than three million visitors since opening in July 2011. The prestigious Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2013 was awarded to the Museum for its commitment to human rights as well as its work with children and families from all backgrounds.

Matt is speaking on day 3 of the conference

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