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Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersOutStories Bristol is once again partnering with the M Shed Museum to bring you a packed day of talks and activities centred around LGBT History.  Entry is free.

Saturday 10th February 2018,  12pm to 4:30pm

Studio Rooms,    M Shed,    Wapping Road,    Bristol,    BS1 4RN
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The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.


12:00 – 12:30   Tom Marshman launching his new LGBT+ audio tour of M Shed’s collections
12:30 – 13:00   Jana Funke – The role of lesbian and bisexual women in the fight for women’s suffrage
13:00 – 13:30   Darryl W Bullock on his book David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music
13:30 – 14:00   Lunch break
14:00 – 14:30   Cheryl Morgan – The Amazons
14:30 – 15:00   Jonathan Cooper – What is the most effective way to secure LGBT+ rights?
15:00 – 15:30   Beth Asbury – Oxford University’s Out in Oxford project
15:30 – 16:00   Justin Bengry – Does the relationship between homosexuality and capitalism have a history?
16:00 – 16:30   Wrap session

14:00 – 16:00   Expressing Sex – an informal drop-in workshop for Young People (16 to 25)


Young man peeping from behind a rainbow-coloured curtainTom Marshman will be unveiling his new LGBT audio guide to M Shed. Tom is an artist based in Bristol. He actively encourages a dialogue with audiences and participants aiming to create a safe space to share their thoughts and experiences. The results give very evocative authentic glimpses into everyday things. Read more …

Face and shoulders of Jana, about 30s, long dark hair and light blue blouse. 2018 is the year in which we celebrate the 100th anniversary of some British women finally getting the vote. Dr Jana Funke from the University of Exeter explores the role of lesbian and bisexual women in the fight for suffrage in the 1910s. What do we know about lesbian and bisexual suffragettes and suffragists? Were they accepted or marginalised in the movement? What did well-known LGBT authors, such as Radclyffe Hall or Virginia Woolf, make of the suffragettes? Can this history inform debates about the relation between LGBT politics and feminism today? Read more ….

Middle-aged man with beard and moustache and wearing bright floral shirt and sunglassesBristol’s Darryl W Bullock will talk about his recent book, David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music, and how LGBT+ people have been central to the history of popular music. The book has been described as ‘a sweeping overview of LGBT musicians… well-researched and brimming with intrigue’ (Kirkus Reviews) and ‘an invaluable resource for anyone interested in LGBT or musical history’ (Lambda Literary). Read more ….

Middle-aged smiling woman with long flowing ginger hairCheryl Morgan, Co-Chair of OutStories Bristol, Director of The Diversity Trust and Ujima Radio presenter, will talk about the Amazons. Was there really a queendom of warrior women in the ancient world, and if so were they lesbians? Read more …

Head/shoulders of middle-aged man wearing suit and red tieJonathan Cooper OBE, Human Rights specialist with experience before English and International courts and tribunals, asks, should the guarantee of our rights depend upon the outcome of a referendum? The people can give, as they did in Ireland and Australia, but they can also take away. That’s what happened in Slovenia and Slovakia. As we reflect upon the struggle for LGBT+ equality, what is the most effective way to secure our rights?

Logo with striped rainbow hues inside the letter "Q"Whilst working for the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, Beth Asbury led the Out in Oxford project, creating, with the help of community volunteers, a trail of LGBTQ+ items across the University’s museums and collections. She will talk about some of those items and how they illuminate LGBTQ+ culture around the world and though history. Read more ….

Smiling man about 40 with short beard and black spectablesDoes the relationship between homosexuality and capitalism have a history? Justin Bengry, Lecturer in Queer History, Goldsmiths, University of London, will discuss his work on the history of the Pink Pound, demonstrating that it goes back much longer than we thought.  Read more …


Historians and literary scholars from the University of Exeter will be running ‘Expressing Sex’, a drop-in workshop for young people exploring history, identity, gender, sexuality and science. This is part of their Rethinking Sexology and Sex & History projects, which you can also learn more about at their stall on the day.  Read more …

Historic England will be showcasing their online map of LGBT+ history Pride of Place and explaining how you can help contribute to this national resource.  Read more ….

Bristol24/7 will show an exclusive preview of their Talking LGBT+ Bristol documentary that will be premiered at this year’s Pride. Read more …..

No Stone Unturned will be previewing their plans for a mobile app game based on Bristol’s LGBT+ history.

Bristol Pride, LGBT Bristol, Freedom Youth and OutStories Bristol will be on hand to talk about their work.

…. and on film:

Watershed and Queer Vision present a preview of A Fantastic Woman by Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, a life-affirming gem about a young transgender woman struggling to live with her grief after the death of her lover and the prejudice she suffers.
Watershed, Saturday 10th February, 18:10.

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