About us

 

Finding the objects that tell your story

Who we are

OutStories Bristol is a volunteer community history group gathering the stories of LGBT people living in or associated with Bristol and its surrounds.

Our aims
  • Record the life stories of LGBT people, in writing or using audio and video.
  • Collect and preserve documents, artifacts, memorabilia.
  • Archive the material in appropriate public institutions so it is accessible to everyone.
  • Put on exhibitions, talks and guided tours.
  • Support theatre and performance work; story-telling.
  • Provide a resource for researchers, journalists, archivists – and you.
What we doBristol Post 31/3/2014

Our oral history team conduct audio interviews to gather the stories of local people. Some members spend time combing local archives, newspaper libraries or the internet for relevant information. Others develop our digital archive and maintain thiswebsite and our Facebook page. And we organise public events and talks. You can help, whatever your interests and skills. We welcome newcomers.

Membership

Recording people's memories Membership is free and open to individuals and organisations. Fill in our online membership registration.

Your contact details (email address, address etc) will be confidential. They will not be divulged to other members or to any other organisation.

On becoming a member you may vote at General Meetings. We will give you notice of General Meetings via the email address you provide. We will also send occasional emails about our activities.

GovernanceOutStories Constitution (cover)

OutStories Bristol is currently an Unincorporated Association. We have applied to the Charity Commission to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Our Constitution.

Our activities are co-ordinated by Trustees elected annually by the membership at a General Meeting. The Trustees hold planning sessions in central Bristol approximately bi-monthly to exchange information, organise activities and oversee the collection and archiving of material.

See notes of our General Meetings and our Annual reports.

Leaflets and information

Our collections policy
‘Wanted – your stories’ leaflet

Website

This website and our Facebook page are maintained by a sub-group of members. We welcome help – particularly if you have experience in WordPress websites!

Read our website editorial policy.

Revealing Stories exhibition, M Shed

Feb 2013: Revealing Stories exhibition, MShed museum, Bristol