Helena Smart, Archivist said “Liverpool Libraries and Archive Service fully supports the Now + Then project. The project sets out to mark 30 years of HIV on Merseyside by collecting memories and experiences of those living with and affected by HIV.
Liverpool Archives has a distinct lack of representation in its collections from those living with and affected by HIV on Merseyside. This project will help to document and represent a section of our society which has largely been omitted from traditional sources.
The archive materials collected during the project will be deposited at Liverpool Archives for permanent preservation creating a new, publicly accessible ‘HIV in Merseyside’ archive collection. Sahir House will continue to add to the collection in the future.
The long-term preservation and access of the archive will ensure that generations in the future will, through the work carried out by Sahir House, be informed of the history and experiences of those living with and affected by HIV on Merseyside.
Liverpool Libraries and Archives Service are pleased to be a partner in a project which sets out to address the lack of representation of a section of society in our history and heritage.”
Liverpool Archives has a huge range of resources with particular strengths in rare books and Merseyside archives. The Central Library and Archive has reopened in 2014 with a beautifully re-modelled building and a host of new services including: 15,000 rare books in the Hornby Library, Oak Room and Picton Reading Room; and Wi-Fi access throughout the building, plus 150 computers and iPads.
For more information about Liverpool Archives, please visit their website.