Our Heritage and Identity
GRAIN are delighted to be working with older residents of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and SAND, on a heritage and photography project that explores and celebrates older LGBT+ identity.
Participants will share photographs, from their own albums and collections, and tell stories that illustrate lived experiences and which speak of identity and representation. Workshops are taking place in Shropshire led by artist Ming de Nasty and GRAIN Projects.
The project will add a new and important dimension to Shropshire’s archive and enable people to talk about their lives in a meaningful and open way.
The outcomes of the project will include new digital archive materials, an exhibition and a publication. SAND is based in Shrewsbury and take a targeted approach to increasing LGBT+ inclusion, challenging discrimination, promoting accessibility and equality of opportunity for LGBT+ people ageing in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. They work with the LGBT+ community and service providers to develop inclusive practice in general, while focussing on the particular experiences and needs of LGBT+ people. SAND is a community organisation whose goal is to improve the experiences and increase the expectations of LGBT+ people as they age. They believe that if they can identify and address the barriers that impact on LGBT+ wellbeing in later life, bring about change in organisations’ working practice, tap into influential policy making channels – then they can fundamentally influence the way in which LGBT+ people and those who care for them experience – and expect to experience – ageing.
This project is a partnership with SAND and is generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.