Navigating LGBTQ History: Accessibility in government archives
“The National Archives collections give a valuable insight into how government interacted with and viewed LGBT communities in the past. In our collections the state played a major role in repressing and controlling the lives of gay and bisexual men and women. This attempt to supress sexuality in the past has paradoxically left us with many potential sources for the experiences of LGBT individuals.
Archaic language can become a significant barrier to spreading the rich knowledge of LGBT history, and terminology is a major consideration for archivists and researchers in this field. This is especially pertinent as attitudes have changed so significantly over time.
This paper will discuss the balance between accessibility and accuracy; drawing on the idea of tagging records to highlight the ways technology can be utilised to make records more accessible to new audiences and to move LGBT history into the mainstream of historical research and debate.”
Vicky is Diverse Histories Records Specialist at The National Archives, with a background in women’s and gender history. In this position she researches and promotes traditionally marginalised histories, in turn striving to engaging new audiences in new ways with the collections. She currently chairs The National Archives internal Cultural Engagement Group, a space to facilitate creative and cultural interpretations of The National Archives collections.
The National Archives
The National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK government and guardians of over 1,000 years of iconic national documents. We are a non-ministerial government department. We fulfil a leadership role for the archive sector and work to secure the future of physical and digital records.
Our collection is one of the largest in the world, containing over 11 million historical government and public records. From Domesday Book to modern government papers and digital files, our collection includes paper and parchment, digital records and websites, photographs, posters, maps, drawings and paintings.
Vicky will be speaking on day 2 of the conference