Sensible Footwear: why LGBTQ+ Histories matter

Kate Charlesworth in conversation with Sue Shave

7pm, Tue 23 Nov, 2021

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In the wake of Kate’s 2019 graphic memoir, cum LGBT+ history of the UK from the 1950s: Sensible Footwear, a Girl’s Guide, the illustrator and cartoonist talks to Sue Shave, Director of Discover Bucks Museum, about the importance of telling queer histories.

Kate is a cartoonist and illustrator living and working in Edinburgh, though originally from Barnsley, South Yorkshire. 

Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, indie comics, exhibitions and electronic media – she’s drawn storyboards for Hot Animation and Aardman Animations; in 2014, ‘Sally Heathcote: Suffragette’ was published by Cape, which she worked on in joint collaboration with Mary and Bryan Talbot.

Kate’s graphic memoir / LGBT+ history of the UK from 1950 (emphasis on the ‘L’) to the 2019, Sensible Footwear, a Girl’s Guide was published by Myriad Editions, 2019.

Sue Shave has been working in the museum and heritage sector for over 30 years, with the last 18 years as a Museum Director of Cold Harbour Mill in Devon, then Chiltern Open Air Museum in Bucks and currently Discover Bucks Museum, formerly known as Bucks County Museum. She is a member of Bucks Pride organising committee and has organised several PRIDE events in local museums including Chiltern Open Air Museum and Bucks County Museum with support from local LGBTQ meet up groups.

Sue was invited onto the LGBTQ National Lottery Heritage Fund LGBTQ advisory group in 2018 to help the funder shape funding for LGBTQ people and heritage in the future. She would like to think of herself as the most famous lesbian in Aylesbury – but its probably not true! But she has featured on Wycombe Sound and BBC 3 Counties radio talking about Discover Bucks Museum’s growing collection of LGBTQ collections that represent our local LGBTQ audiences to finally ensure representation of LGBTQ people in Discover Bucks Museum’s new galleries when they open in the new year.

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