Bev Ayre

The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #4

On the day of the exhibition launch, Bev Ayre and Lou Muddle talk about how the exhibition will share April’s story along with experiences of transgender people and how April’s life has influenced the social, political and legal aspects of transgender people’s histories.

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Training at the museum

Saturday morning 9am. No rest for the wicked the saying goes but this morning it was Sister Maria Renate and Anthony Griffin who had an early start as they ran a trangender equality briefing for the staff at the Museum of Liverpool. All the participants were really interested to hear about the April Ashley exhibition…


Catherine – Full interview

Listen to Catherine’s complete oral history as she frankly discusses her memories of April, her childhood, marriage, family and transition. Some of the content is graphic in its descriptions of surgery.

April Ashley & Bambi

April Ashley: Portrait of a lady. OFFICIAL TRAILER

The Official trailer for the new APRIL ASHLEY exhibition. Museum of Liverpool to open exhibition about transgender icon. The Museum of Liverpool is to host a new major exhibition this September looking at the history of transgender people in Britain over the past 70 years, focusing on the experiences of one exceptional individual. Opening 27…

Kay Jones

The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #3

Kay Jones, Curator of Community History, tours the space in the Museum of Liverpool where the April Ashley exhibition is being constructed.

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The Making of ‘April Ashley, Portrait of a lady’ #2

Here’s a stop motion animation of the main sign from the exhibition being installed in the Museum of Liverpool.


The making of ‘April Ashley – Portrait of a lady’ #1

With the build up to the opening of the April Ashley exhibition, we’ve made a series of behind the scenes episodes for This first one highlights some of the work going on with the trans community which all form part of the exhibition. This film features our visit to Sparkle pride in Manchester earlier…

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More Oral Histories

Here’s another selection of 5 audio histories that we have collected as part of the project. These will also feature in a book that will accompany the exhibition.

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Oral Histories

We have interviewed members of the trans* community from London to Preston and Bangor to Manchester. Some interviewees are in their seventies and some are only just in their twenties and they all have fascinating stories to share. These interviews will feature in a book to accompany the exhibition and some short clips can be…


Community involvement

Over the past year we have promoted the project to thousands of members of the trans* community at group meetings in north Wales and Manchester and at the Sparkle celebration. We have shared some of April’s personal photographs, talked about her life and listened to reminiscences and captured oral histories. A lot of people remember…