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National Lottery Heritage Fund Success

Two years' funding for new community heritage project on HIV

We’re delighted to share that we have been awarded funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop a community heritage project on the history of HIV in Scotland. The project will be delivered by a group of peer volunteers, who are living with or affected by HIV. After completing a training programme, the peers will carry out oral history interviews to explore people’s memories of HIV in Scotland. If social distancing rules allow, we're hoping to start the project later in the year. However, we're also exploring options to begin the project remotely.

The project will utilise oral history testimony and archive materials to explore the onset of the 1980s HIV and AIDs epidemic, through to the introduction of anti-retroviral medication in 1996 . We’ll then look into the 2000s, exploring demographic changes among those affected by HIV. The project idea was developed through consultation with people living with or affected by HIV, who identified several key themes that will underpin the project. These include HIV/AIDS activism, migration, and changes in public health.

The project will run for two years, culminating in an exhibition at the National Library of Scotland (NLS) in 2022. We’ll also produce a digital archive and hold a series of public engagement events to share our findings. As well as the NLS, we’ll be working in partnership with the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare at the University of Strathclyde and the Lothian Health Services Archive.

Later in the year, we will be recruiting a Community Heritage Officer to deliver the project. Watch this space for further updates!

Any enquiries about the project can be directed to Ruth McKenna, Senior Research and Communications Manager (


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