In the 1880s and 1890s writer and art historian John Addington Symonds wrote ground-breaking books in which he argued for a rational approach to homosexuality and for law reforms. For many years Symonds lived in Clifton Hill House in Clifton, now owned by the University of Bristol.
University Heritage Volunteering are seeking volunteers to help restore the historic gardens much beloved by Symonds to their former glory. The digging might find “busts of those unlovely emperors and philosophers” that Symonds brought back from Greece and are known to have been buried in the garden by his descendents when they left the house.
If you are interested in finding out more, contact Louise.Hopkins@bristol.ac.uk.