Jul 5, 2016

GLAM - searching for alternate histories.

GLAM is an acronym for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. It also incorporates other cultural institutions such as theatres, zoos, botanical gardens, public broadcasters etc. (Wikimedia Outreach)

While tutoring in  Information Science, I realised that I come across many interesting resources that some people may not know about. I will be sharing some of these on a regular basis, to spread the GLAM knowledge.

This week I will share the interesting ideas that are coming from specialised searching for history of minority groups. There have been amazing inroads made into using archives to support the histories of Indigenous people, disability activism, 
LBGQTI activism, and mental health histories.

In May this year, during Heritage Month, there was a talk given by Theresa Archer(Community Engagement Officer, State Library) called Capturing Queer History in WA. This is a significant and  important move on behalf of social researchers. We are able to see that, contrary to popular belief, there has always been a LBGQTI culture. They have just been forced to hide in order to avoid getting discriminated against in work or sport, and to maintain their personal safety during leisure.

A friend of mine has his personal diaries in the archives for researchers interested in this type of research. I also wanted to share his play which is (in part) on YouTube. It addresses an important issue, that of gay football players, and later formed part of his research for his Masters Degree. 

I hope you enjoyed this alternate history, and it makes you consider the way information has been presented to you, versus the reality of what is happening in popular culture. 

Andrew Douglas was born in Western Australia in 1957 to Greek parents. He began activism in the area of gay rights while at university in 1977 and worked as a counsellor, writer and activist. He qualified as a social worker in 1987 and has worked in the area of psychiatry since 1988. Andrew is also a writer and his play 'Grand Final;' was performed as part of the 2000 Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival.

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