OutStories Bristol in collaboration with the University of Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT) present the 9th John Addington Symonds Annual Lecture.
Saturday 15th October 2022, 12pm to 3pm
The Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ
First floor of Wills Building – go up main stairs and turn right
Queer Britain: In the Key of Blue
In The Key of Blue is a daring collection of writing by John Addington Symonds which flirts with being an out and loud declaration of sexual identity and pride.
As one of the team members who helped open Queer Britain, the first LGBTQ+ museum in the UK, guest speaker Dan Vo explores the title poem and compares the way Symonds struggled to define the colour blue, a clever metaphor for same sex love and desire, with the impossibility of trying to encapsulate what ‘queer’ means to a modern audience.
Dan Vo is Head of Learning and Engagement at Queer Britain, the first LGBTQ+ museum in the UK as well as Project Manager of the Queer Heritage and Collections Network. Described by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as one of “our most inspiring LGBTQ+ Londoners”, Dan founded the award-winning volunteer-led V&A LGBTQ+ Tours and was Course Leader of ‘A Queer History of Objects’ at V&A Academy. He has also developed LGBTQ+ programmes for other museums in the UK including the National Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, National Museum Wales and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
OutStories Bristol AGM
The talk will be preceded by the AGM of OutStories Bristol (very brief!). Members of OutStories have been sent a separate email with reports.
The event is free and open to everyone. Tea and coffee will be provided after the talk. This is your opportunity to come and chat with members of OutStories Bristol about our activities.
Please register to attend on Eventbrite – not essential but helps us anticipate numbers for catering.
You do not need to print your ticket or show on entry.
The talk is an annual celebration of the life of John Addington Symonds (1840-1893), Bristol-based writer, art historian and pioneer of homosexual rights.
This event is held by OutStories Bristol in collaboration with the University of Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT). Our thanks to the IGRCT for hosting this event.