Uncovering the April Ashley Archive and Trans Lives in Liverpool

This exhibition at runs from 4th July to 25th September on the fourth floor of Liverpool Central Library and 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.

Commissioned as part of Liverpool City Council’s RISE season which celebrates 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, on July 4th, will include a short film by Tim Brunsden 'An interview with April Ashley MBE', also commissioned as part of the RISE Festival.

The exhibition launch event will be held on July 4th 2019 at 5.30pm: Fourth Floor, Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW