Birmingham LGBT is asking people to come forward and share their experiences of the iconic Nightingale Club as part of a new heritage project.
Nightingale 50 is being coordinated by Birmingham LGBT in partnership with the Gale and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The project will archive and preserve 50 years of Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ heritage by mapping the history of the legendary venue from its formation in 1969 through to the modern day.
Birmingham LGBT is looking for stories of unforgettable nights out at the Nightingale, and will then interview local community members about their memories and what the venue meant to them. These interviews will be audio recorded, the key ones transcribed, and all will then be preserved in the Library of Birmingham Archives.
Each person sharing their story will have the option of making their recording anonymously, if they would prefer.
From the interviews and project research, Birmingham LGBT will create the overall shape and timeline for a documentary, and will then work with a filmmaker to select people to interview for the film.
The charity is hoping to build up a whole picture of the Gale’s history, so is also asking people to donate photos, videos, posters and objects from the Nightingale. Where appropriate and/or possible, these will be digitised and made available to the public.
If you’re interested in sharing your story or have memorabilia you’d like to donate to the archive, contact Adam Carver by emailing Nightingale50@blgbt.org or telephoning 0121 643 0821.
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