The aims of our charity are to preserve the history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, remembering the stories of tragedy but also those of love, compassion and humanity. The lessons from the pandemic remain as pertinent today as they did in the 80s/90s. The NHST hopes the 100+ interviews filmed with survivors and victims’ families, partners and medical professionals, will be a voice for those who didn’t survive, a chance to honour those who did, and an education for those who live so freely today because of this generational struggle.
Our main objectives for this year have been to continue to use the archive of 100+ interviews with people whose lives have been affected by HIV/Aids, to create education opportunities. The strategies we have used to meet these objectives included:
- Transcribing over 150 hours of interviews to increase the usability and access to our filmed archive.
- The advancement of education for the public benefit in the subject of the hiv/aids epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s by making available recordings of first-hand testimony of persons affected by the hiv/aids epidemic and other related educational resources and materials in order to improve the knowledge and understanding of such persons’ experiences and hiv/aids.
- To promote and protect the health of persons affected by hiv/aids by the provision of grants and donations to charities or charitable organisations providing care and support for such persons.
- Working with the London Metropolitan Archives to help secure National Lottery Heritage Funding, to support the development of an archive focused on HIV, built on the foundation of our filmed interviews.
- Undertake a programme of educational seminars, to provide evidence of how our work could be used to add to the PHSE curriculum in schools.
- To place regular op-ed pieces into publications to explain the importance of not forgetting the story of HIV/Aids.
- Partnering with the arts to find new ways to tell the wide range of diverse stories that we have recorded.
- Preparing to compile and publish our first book – a chance to present a new, 360 degree, view of the 40 year history of HIV.