The Steering Committee – featured members

Featured members (in no particular order):

Christa Holka, photographer

Twilight People photographer
Twilight People photographer
I am a queer London-based photographer who has been making casual and formal portraits of my community over the last 10 years. My work focuses on documenting and archiving the communities in which I exist. From portraits of friends and peers, to images of my everyday life and high-energy club nights, to directed cinematic narratives, to film and television stills, my work is combination of intention and chance, observation and participation, engagement and distraction, contributing to a living record of a particular time and place while exploring personal narrative, memory, identity, self-representation and art practice.
An avid documentarian, I also specialise in documenting live art/artists and art events, press and publicity photography for performance and theatre, portraits, reportage, exhibitions documentation, stills photography for film and television, behind-the-scenes for fashion as well as events photography. My portrait work has regularly appeared in the London-based Diva Magazine, and has been featured in the Dutch magazine Girls Like Us. My documentary nightlife images have appeared in many online blogs, most regularly in the London-based lesbian blog, The Most Cake ( I have exhibited work in galleries in the U.S., London, Berlin and Athens. My work has also been featured on’s Art:21 blog. I have also given artist talks about my work at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Tate Modern, London and at Union Docs in Brooklyn, New York.

Cheryl Smith, Heritage Manager, Islington Museum

Deborah Lynn Steinberg

Deborah Lynn Steinberg is a Professor of Gender, Culture and Popular Media in the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick. Her previous publications include: Made to Order: The Myth of Reproductive and Genetic Progress (with P. Spallone);  Border Patrols: Policing the Boundaries of Heterosexuality (with D Epstein and R Johnson); Mourning Diana: Nation Culture and the Performance of Grief (with A. Kear); Blairism and the War of Persuasion: Labour’s Passive Revolution (with R. Johnson) and Bodies in Glass: Genetics, Eugenics, Embryo Ethics. In 2012-14, she convened (along with L Moon and R Pearce) the ESRC funded seminar series ‘The Emergence of Trans: Retheorising Gender and Sexuality’ and is currently co-editing a special issue of the journal Sexualities which will include a selection of papers from the series. The series also produced the web-resource . Deborah’s new book, Genes and the Bioimaginary: Science, Spectacle, Culture is due out in the spring of 2015.


Sean Curran

 Sean Curran Sean Curran picis a PhD student and curator. They study at the UCL Institute of Education, and their research focuses on the invisibility of LGBTQ identities in National Trust historic houses. Sean has curated two LGBTQ themed exhibitions at the National Trust’s Sutton House in Hackney; ‘Master-Mistress’, the first LGBT History Month exhibition in a National Trust house in 2014, and its follow up ‘126’ as part of the first ever two month long ‘Queer Season’. Sean also exhibited their work at the first ever LGBTQ themed V&A Friday Late ‘Queer and Now’. Sean is part of the steering committee for the London Metropolitan Archives annual LGBTQ History and Archives conference, and they have spoken at conferences in London, Exeter, Amsterdam, Taipei and New York. Sean blogs at and tweets from @MeltingSwans. You can contact Sean at



JAN PIMBLETT MA, PGCE (Cantab), FRSA Principal Development Officer, London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) Jan is currently responsible for project management and developing and running all LMA’s outreach and interpretation programmes, many of which have been HLF-funded. She is a Trustee of Stay Brave, a charity to support male victims of domestic abuse. Jan’s prior experience is in teaching and project management in the voluntary sector.


Verusca Calabria

is a highly experienced Oral Historian in all aspects of oral history work and has been in charge of several large scales oral history collection projects. She has recorded hundreds of oral history interviews and has set up numerous oral history archives following the British Library Sound Archive’s guidelines for digital recordings and archiving standards. She is a trustee of the Oral History Society (


Janet Darley

Janet Darley , Rabbi, is a graduate of Leo Baeck College in London and was ordained in July 2009.  She began serving South London Liberal Synagogue (SLLS) as its minister in 2008 while a final year student.  Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A., Rabbi Janet moved to the UK in 1989. Before fulfilling a long-held dream of studying for the rabbinate, she was a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Kingston University and previously worked as an applied economist in local government in the United States.  She has been active in a number of congregations both here and in the States and brings much knowledge and experience to her rabbinate.  She is committed to the prophetic vision of social justice and the ethical monotheism espoused by the founders of the progressive Jewish movement.Rabbi Janet holds degrees in Economics, Public Administration and in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She gained a distinction for her MA dissertation on European and American rabbinic sermons of the First World War.

Elli Tikvah Sarah Rabbi Elli TKS

is a Rabbi, Chaplain, writer, feminist activist. She studied Sociology at the London School of Economics (1974-77) and Rabbinics at the Leo Baeck College in London (1984-89), where she received ordination and was awarded a distinction for her rabbinic thesis. She has been a pioneer in the area of lesbian and gay inclusion, initiating a process within Liberal Judaism, which culminated in a new policy on lesbian and gay individuals and relationships in 2002, and the creation of an anthology of ceremonies, which was published by Liberal Judaism to coincide with the Civil Partnership law coming into force in December 2005. Subsequently, in March 2006, she married her partner, Jess Woo (MBE in the New Year’s Honour’s List, 2012) at her synagogue, Brighton and Hove Progressive. Her book, Trouble-Making Judaism, was published on February 1st 2012 (David Paul Books).



Norena Shopland , Oral Historian, Cardiff Wales