Click here to see excerpts from some of the interviews.
a public archive
The interviews in full are to be made public, a vast archive of witness testimony: from men, women, friends, lovers, clinicians and activists as well as long term survivors themselves. This will be the largest collection by far of its kind in the UK. The interviews will be archived in their entirety, openly and freely accessible to the public.
We are delighted to collaborate with the City of London’s London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).
On 20th March 2019 at the City of London’s Guildhall we deposited with the LMA the one hundred interviews, amounting to more than 150 hours of filmed material.
“Our stories will now live for 1000 years!”
The archival process is now under way but to make them freely available to the public a legal process must be undertaken first to ensure the interviewees testimony is legally compliant for the safety of all identities.
The London Metropolitan Archives hold a huge and diverse collection of archives, images, records, maps and films which help researchers in all aspects of London’s history to develop their knowledge.
LMA’s collections are designated as being of national and international importance
The LMA is the principal local government repository for the Greater London area and the largest county record office in the UK.
GRAHAM PACKHAM, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee has said of the collection of interviews:
“These deeply personal stories will inform, inspire and influence, providing a powerful and empowering discourse. It is very important work, and London Metropolitan Archive’s involvement will ensure that these voices are preserved for the future and can be shared for the benefit of many others.”
The 100 interviews chart not only a key and tragic part of LGBTQ+ history, but of our society’s shared history. The HIV crisis cut into every kind of life, and the aftershocks reverberate on to this day.
We need to raise funds in order to employ lawyers to make sure the interviews are compliant and help with the archive process. Help us complete the largest filmed archive of HIV testimony in the UK and make it accessible to the public now by making a donation or if you are a media lawyer who could offer some pro-bono help please email us with your details.
Click here to see more about the London Metropolitan Archives.
We are keen to develop exhibitions, performance and music to raise public awareness of the Project and HIV in general.
We are presently exploring the opportunities of commissioning music for the film and that can be used for concert hall performance.
meet the team
We are a group of volunteers who believe passionately in the preservation of our social history and in supporting people whose lives have been affected by HIV and AIDS. We are presently exploring the opportunities of commissioning music for the film and that can be used for concert hall performance.