Delighted to be talking at Brighton LGBTIQ+ History Club’s event, ‘Marking World AIDS Day 2023’
Venue: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Date: Sun 26th November 2023 2:00PM
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Brighton LGBTIQ+ History Club is back, join us for an afternoon of stories, talks, and local(ish) heritage!
For this end of November edition we will be meeting at Brighton Museum to remember local friends and explore and discuss stories from HIV activists, historians, and researchers.
Harry Hillery will be sharing pictures and stories from his remembrance project: The Brighton AIDS Memorial
Harry moved to Brighton in 1988, leaving his London closet to set up a queer friendly café in the North Laine. At the time the HIV/AIDS epidemic was impacting the city, so Harry became involved in the community’s response by taking calls on the Sussex AIDS Centre Helpline, volunteering as a care & support buddy, and helping with fundraising.
More recently, Harry completed a Creative Writing Masters at the University of Brighton during which he worked with the Terrence Higgins Trust to capture stories and ephemera from the pandemic period. This experience identified a clear need for a remembrance project where stories could be shared and made accessible to future generations. As a result, The Brighton AIDS Memorial was established in April 2021.
Our second speaker for the afternoon is local photographer and secret chemist Chris Jepson.
Chris is an award winning photographer living in Brighton, and over the past 30 years he has worked for almost every LGBTQ+ publication you can name -and a few you probably can’t! – documenting the lives of our community through the decades.
But his ‘eclectic’ CV also includes a PhD in Chemistry, HIV research, dancing and more! This promises to be an erratic romp through recent queer history and, while we can’t promise any salacious gossip, our fingers are crossed!
History Club is free, but spaces are limited, so booking is essential.
The event is a sober space, tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.
Brighton museum is wheelchair accessible. If you have any accessibility needs you would like to discuss ahead of the event, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Full accessibility info: https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton-museum-art-gallery/plan-your-visit/