Ray Gosling: In Boxes
“Ray Gosling (1939-2013) was a broadcaster, gay rights campaigner, community activist and much more besides. He chose to live his life away from the centre and his interests lay in the overlooked, the forgotten, the scorned. BBC4 documentaries from the early 2000s played upon the sheer volume of papers he had acquired, which represented his life but were beginning to encroach upon it. This jumble of material now sits in boxes at Nottingham Trent University, where I have been taken on to make something of it. How can a queer life such as Ray’s be opened up to the public? How to honour Ray’s interests in so many different areas? How can limited time and resources – and data protection concerns – be overcome to do justice to Ray and those who knew him? How to promote the life and legacy of Ray, of his life outside boxes and borders?”
Clare Tebbutt is Research Assistant at Nottingham Trent University in charge of the Ray Gosling archive. She has a PhD from the University of Manchester on ‘Popular and Medical Understandings of Sex Changeability in 1930s Britain’. Her interests lie in the intersection of archives and queer histories, histories of the body and of social movements and change.
Clare will be speaking on day 3 of the conference