AIDS Since the 80s – gala reception
The AIDS Since the 80s Project
feature film / archive /education / photography / music
100+ lives touched by the HIV virus
100+ in-depth interviews
challenging / preserving / understanding HIV / AIDS in the UK
The AIDS Since the 80s Project is about filming, recording and preserving the history of those affected by the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s. Central to that story has been the LGBTQ+ community but this Project is wholly diverse, reflecting the experiences of men, women, trans, gay and straight, of all races, UK born and migrant. It also reflects the experiences of those infected through blood transfusion and drug addiction.
The stories of those involved are already in danger of being forgotten, yet the epidemic is the most significant event in modern day LGBTQ+ life and continues to affect the community and its history today. The Project charts not only a key and tragic part of LGBTQ+ history, but of our society’s shared history.
The Project has filmed 100 in-depth interviews to create the largest filmed archive of HIV related testimony in the UK that amounts to over 150 hours of material and they plan to collect many more stories from people affected by HIV/AIDS over time. By achieving all this the Project continues to advance our social history.
This event will mark the official deposit of the 100 film interviews to the London Metropolitan Archives, the largest Local Authority Archive in the UK, to preserve the materials in perpetuity, and eventually make them available for researchers, historians and the public.
I feel so honoured to be part of this amazing project. Thank you to Paul Coleman and the team for your dedication and commitment to ensure this tragedy is not lost to history. Many thanks to #londonguildhall The reception to mark the transfer of the “AIDS Since the 80s” archive to the London Metropolitan Archives is another milestone in our journey.
Great to also chat with doctor Christian Jesson and many other friends.
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