Welcome to the website of OutStories Bristol. We collect and preserve the social history and recollections of LGBT+ people living in or associated with Bristol, England. Use this website to tell us your story. Visit our Facebook page.
Beyond ‘The Well of Loneliness’ – the AGM lecture
We are delighted to be able to bring you a recording of the keynote lecture from the 2016 OutStories Bristol AGM. The lecture is titled “Beyond The Well of Loneliness: Reassessing Radclyffe Hall’s Place in LGBTQ History” and is given by Dr. Jana Funke of Exeter University.
Drawing on original archival research, the talk took us beyond The Well of Loneliness and opened up a new understanding of Radclyffe Hall’s writings and views on gender and sexuality.
OutStories launches map and mobile app
Our new online map and mobile app exploring Bristol’s LGBT+ past is now online. The map uses pictures, oral history recordings, archival documents and personal stories to bring our hidden histories to light.
The map also now appears on Bristol City Council’s website Know Your Place which brings together multiple layers of Bristol’s diverse history.
Wiltshire and Swindon LGBT history
The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre (the records office for Wiltshire County and Swindon Borough) now have an LGBT history webpage: wshc.eu/lgbt-history.html. The Know Your Place map will soon be extended to their area and, because data is shared, the OutStories map can expand to include Swindon, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Salisbury.
Pride of Place
Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage) have teamed up with Leeds Beckett University and community groups nationwide to record and celebrate the places lived, loved, worked and played in by LGBT+ people over the centuries.
Past2Present is the LGBT History Project’s online magazine packed with informative and thought-provoking articles. The theme of the 2016 edition is ‘Religion, Belief and Philosophy’ and articles include ‘LGBT in Hindu Mythology’, ‘Gene Robinson – First openly gay Anglican bishop’, ‘Lesbianism in Imperial China’, ‘Can we pinpoint the origins of homophobia?’ and ‘A Phallus in Pigtails… David Bowie (1947-2016)’.
Read about Bristol ….. quirky, diverse, educated, historic.
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*LGBT+ means lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender including all gender, sexual, and romantic minorities.