University of Essex Special Collections

Trans Archives and the Beaumont Society




admission free

Join art historian Laura Love as she discusses her research into the archives of the Beaumont Society.

Founded in 1966, and named after the 18th century French aristocrat Chevalier d’Eon de Beaumont who presented as both male and female, the Beaumont Society is the largest and longest running transgender support group in the UK. They work to dispel misconceptions about transgender people, promote an understanding of their experiences, and improve the study of gender identity.

Laura Love will explore the power of archives for memory formation and representation by the transgender community, whose voices are often missing from official archival narratives. The talk expands on themes and ideas raised in the MA Curating students’ degree show Lavender Menace: The Language of Queer Feminism.

This online talk will be followed by Q&A. All welcome!

Laura Love is an Art History PhD candidate in the School of Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, at the University of Essex.

Join us at the online talk via this Zoom link.