Liverpool Central Library: Uncovering the Archive of April Ashley MBE and Trans Lives in Liverpool

Liverpool Central Library: Uncovering the Archive of April Ashley MBE and Trans Lives in Liverpool Liverpool Central Library: Uncovering the Archive of April Ashley MBE and Trans Lives in Liverpool


Venue: Liverpool Central Library
Dates: 04/07/2019 - 25/09/2019
Times: All Day


Uncovering the Archive of April Ashley MBE and Trans Lives in Liverpool

The exhibition centres on April Ashley MBE model, actress and gender pioneer, who was one of the first people in the world to undergo gender reassignment surgery. It has been commissioned as part of Liverpool City Council’s RISE season which celebrated exceptional women artist’s leaders and thinkers. It also explores the private worlds of gender variant people in the nineteenth century through a case study of William Seymour and concludes with a case that uses personal items and ephemera to document the lives and activism of individuals and organisations from across Liverpool.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Liverpool Central Library, Culture Liverpool, LJMU, Louise Muddle, Sophie Green and Billie-Gina Thomason.

The launch will include a short film by Tim Brunsden ‘An interview with April Ashley MBE’, commissioned as part of the RISE Festival.

3rd Floor, Liverpool Central Library, William Brown St