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Interview with Rachel Thomson, original member of the WRAP team. (Interview transcript)

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Transcript from an interview with feminist sociologist and academic Rachel Thomson about the Women, Risk and AIDS Project (WRAP), which was conducted in 1989-1990.

This interview was conducted as part of the Reanimating Data Project (2018-20).

Rachel conducted interviews with young women in Manchester for the project. She was a 23 year old student at the time and became involved in HIV community activism due to her sister testing positive for HIV and founding the community organisation Positively Women. Rachel talks openly about her experience of conducting and analysing these interviews, the impact this process had on her as a young woman at the time. After the project ended Rachel moved to London and worked for the Sex Education Forum where she was able to use her role to disseminate the WRAP findings among professionals. The interview concludes with Rachel discussing her motivations and hopes for revisiting the WRAP project and archiving the material.

The transcript has been edited in collaboration with Rachel.

Interviews with three other original members of the WRAP team, Sue Scott, Janet Holland, and Sue Sharpe, can be accessed via the 'related item' links below.


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The Reanimating Data Project (2018-20)