Norena Shopland has a Master’s degree in heritage studies and has worked for the British Museum, National Museums Scotland and the Museum of London among others. Now living in her native Wales she has worked on a number of heritage project alongside leading organisations including National Museums Wales, Glamorgan Archives and Cardiff Story Museum.
Shopland wrote the first historical book on the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people Forbidden Lives: LGBT stories from Wales (Seren). She curated the first exhibition of Welsh LGBT people and continues to create ground-breaking events in this field. Shopland co-authored Queering Glamorgan a research guide for finding LGBT in historic material and continues to lecture on the revolutionary methodology introduced in this guide. Following the enormous success of Queering Glamorgan Shopland is now working on new research guides for Roma, Gypsy, Traveller history, and black history.
In addition to working in these fields Shopland also researches and writes on many aspects of Welsh history which can be seen on her website Rainbow Dragon. In 2020 an exhibition at the Big Pit, curated by Shopland will feature Tip Girls of Wales: a forgotten history, and at the Swansea Waterfront Museum Miniature Wales, an exhibition of button badges. She is currently working with Race Council Cymru on their Windrush Cymru project revealing stories of BAME people who came to Wales during the second half of the twentieth century.