Apr 222014

Between September 2013 and March 2014 Gloucestershire Archives ran a LGBTQ history project to explore the previously hidden histories of LGBTQ residents in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

From the "Founders' and benefectors' book" of Tewkesbury Abbey, Bodleian Library (Oxford), via WikiCommons


The results have been published as an online LGBTQ history exhibition and include:

  • Pubs in Cheltenham and gay discos at the Racecourse.
  • Hugh Despenser the Younger, a ‘favourite’ of King Edward II,  buried in Tewkesbury Abbey.
  • A 1716 charge of sodomy against a Cotswold tenant and a visiting farm labourer.
  • Suffragette Mary Blathwayt whose diaries can be interpreted to refer to lesbian relationships.
  • Music producer and ‘Telstar’ songwriter Joe Meek born in the Forest of Dean.

The exhibition is presented by geographical district – just click on the map to learn it’s history.

Joe Meek, music producer

Photo by Robert Thursfield, via WikiCommons


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