Chris L

Short Back and Sides – Bristol LGBT+ stories

 Blog  Comments Off on Short Back and Sides – Bristol LGBT+ stories
Nov 192019
 

Bristol-based sculptor Alec Stevens and illustrator & creative technologist Nicola Hogg are creating a city-wide ‘experience’ using mobile phone technology, storytelling and sculpture to reveal stories as the user makes their way through the city.

Called Short Back and Sides, the first instalment focusses on the city’s rich LGBT+ history and used OutStories Bristol’s ‘LGBT+ Life’ map as its source of information. Hear Alec and Nicola talk about the project.

The pair worked from Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio which supports the development of creative technology projects.

We are delighted to see our map and research being used to inspire others to engage with Bristol’s rich LGBT+ heritage in new and novel ways.

23 Nov 2019 – OutStories Bristol at Trans Pride South West

 Old events posts  Comments Off on 23 Nov 2019 – OutStories Bristol at Trans Pride South West
Nov 142019
 

Group of happy brightly-clothed young people on a Pride Parade with a 'Trans Pride' bannerCome and say ‘hello’ at the OutStories Bristol stall at the Trans Pride South West Community Day on Saturday 23rd November. Find out about how we research and record the stories of LGBT+ people in this region.

We particularly want more material from the trans communities in the south west. Do you have documents, leaflets and newsletters about local groups that we could add to our archives? Newspaper cuttings? Photographs?

Above all we seek to record the experiences, life stories and recollections of anyone, regardless of age, who identifies as transgender, non-binary or intersex.

The Trans Pride South West Community Day is part of a week of events from the 19th to the 24th November.

Saturday 23rd November 2019, 12pm to 4pm
The Station, Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG
Map

Website:  https://transpridesw.webs.com/

Bristol 24/7 article:
https://www.bristol247.com/whats-on/events/transgender/trans-pride-south-west-community-day-2019/

Logo with pink white and blue stripes forming a heart on a purple background

Rainbow Revolutions: new book documents LGBTQ+ history of the 20th century

 Blog  Comments Off on Rainbow Revolutions: new book documents LGBTQ+ history of the 20th century
Oct 112019
 

On June 28 1969, around one o’clock in the morning, New York City Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwich Village, New York …

Front cover of a book with a rainbow and text "Rainbow Revolutions - Power, Pride and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights"Rainbow Revolutions is a new book for older children and teenagers that charts the rise of the LGBTQ+ rights movement during the 20th century and celebrates the individuals who stood up and demanded recognition. It is written by University of Bristol anthropologist and OutStories Bristol trustee Jamie Lawson.

The book covers the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the impassioned speeches of activists Karl Ulrichs and Audre Lorde, the birth of Pride, and the fabulous New York ballroom scene of the 70s and 80s made famous by Ryan Murphy’s smash hit TV series Pose.

Jamie Lawson says:

“As an anthropologist working with queer communities, I take seriously and am passionate about the roles of history and politics in modern LGBTQ+ identities.

“The opportunity to explain to a young audience the historical origins not only of oppression against queer people, but also queer radical activism itself was extremely exciting, and seeing it published is quite remarkable.

“While the book is written for everyone, I thought a lot during its writing about my young, queer readers: The mainstream, cis-het world often tries to pretend that LGBTQ+ identities sprung up, recently and out of nowhere – being able to connect young queer people to their own history is an important and deeply humbling experience.”

Rainbow Revolutions by Jamie Lawson and illustrated by Eve Lloyd Knight is published by Wren & Rook / Hachette Children’s Group.

21 Aug 2019 – the history of Pride (PROUDbristol event)

 Old events posts  Comments Off on 21 Aug 2019 – the history of Pride (PROUDbristol event)
Aug 092019
 

Logo comprising text "Proud Bristol" superimposed over a rainbow flag

PROUDbristol @ WYG: OutStories Bristol

PROUDbristol‘s August event will showcase OutStories Bristol and provide an opportunity for networking before and afterwards.

Speakers include;

  • Robert Howes, OutStories Bristol – Robert will give an overview of the development of Pride celebrations in this Country and abroad and of the LGBT movement in the Bristol area.
  • Charlie Beaton, OutStories Bristol – Charlie will talk about the first Bristol Gay Festival, which he was involved in organising in 1977.

Wednesday 21st August 2019
WYG’s offices, 90 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6DP

Doors open: 18:30
Talks start: 19:00 – please arrive in time to take your seats as the talks will start promptly at 19:00.
Talks finish: 20:00

Drinks and nibbles (only) will be provided, with thanks to our sponsors and hosts, WYG.

Free event and open to everyone. Please register on Eventbrite.

5 Oct 2019 – talk on poet A E Housman + OutStories AGM

 Old events posts  Comments Off on 5 Oct 2019 – talk on poet A E Housman + OutStories AGM
Aug 032019
 

Queer loss, queer Classics: A. E. Housman’s ‘lost country’
Talk by Jennifer Ingleheart

Middle-aged man with moustache resting his chin on his left hand

A E Housman in 1910.
Photo: E O Hoppé.

Queer people have often experienced losses, such as missing the opportunity for marriage and children, the pain of unrequited love, and the potential loss of reputation and liberty. A. E. Housman (1859-1936) writes movingly in his poetry about various losses, including his unhappy love for Moses Jackson, who could not return his feelings. Many of his poems approach the theme of loss and attempt to find consolation for his loss through the framework of the Classics.

Face of handsome dark-haired man about 22

Moses Jackson c.1880

This talk looks at how Classics enabled Housman, a classical scholar and professor of Latin at Cambridge, to come to terms with loss. Housman has the reputation of being a divided man, who wrote very impersonal works of scholarship, and reserved his emotions for his poetry. This talk argues that Housman’s different personas and life were far more similar than this stereotype allows, and that he takes similar approaches to queer loss in his verse and his academic work. We will also explore the presentation of Housman’s attempts to deal with loss through the Classics in the fictionalised account of his life found in Tom Stoppard’s 1997 play The Invention of Love. Finally, the talk considers what Housman’s approach to loss as a queer classicist means for queer classicists and for queer people today.

Middle-aged woman with short spiky hair

Jennifer Ingleheart

* * * * *

Jennifer Ingleheart is Professor of Latin at Durham University, where she has taught since 2004. She has published widely on Latin love poetry and on the ways in which Roman sexuality has influenced the modern world. Her recent projects have focused on Latin as a queer private language and on receptions of Rome in erotica and pornographic works.


Saturday 5th October 2019, 2:30pm to 5pm

The Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ
Map


The talk will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting of OutStories Bristol (very brief!).

Everyone is welcome to both the AGM and talk. Admission and refreshments are free but a small donation towards the running costs of OutStories Bristol would be appreciated. Please book on Eventbrite so we know numbers.

The Old Council Chamber is on the first floor of the Wills Memorial Building – go up the main stairs and turn right.

Disabled parking is on the left side of the building with a lift to the first floor.

This is the 6th Annual John Addington Symonds Celebration event held by OutStories Bristol in collaboration with the University of Bristol’s Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT). Our thanks to them for sponsoring this event.

Find out more about the IGRCT on their website; you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

John Addington Symonds (1840-1893) was a Bristol-based writer, art historian and pioneer of homosexual rights. 5th October is his birthday!

UnivOfBristol_logo_colourOutStories Bristol logoAncient sculpted head on black background with text "Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition"

Oliver Messel Archive at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection

 Blog  Comments Off on Oliver Messel Archive at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection
Jul 232019
 

Young smiling man wearing open-necked shirt and holding firework sparklers in each hand.Oliver Messel was Britain’s leading theatre designer from the 1930s to the mid 1950s. A gay man, he spent part of the war years in North Somerset.  The University of Bristol Theatre Collection now holds the archives of Messel and have created a number of online resources allowing you to explore his life and work in more detail.

The online Oliver Messel Archive includes a 360-degree virtual tour of their 2018/2019 exhibition Wake Up and Dream: Oliver Messel – Theatre, Art and Society, an illustrated bibliography, online Schools’ Resources, and access to the complete online catalogue for the Archive.

You can also view a performance of ‘I went to a marvellous party’, commissioned and co-produced by the Theatre Collection and written and performed by Tom Marshman. The work, part installation/part performance, was based on Oliver’s Archive and shown at various locations around Bristol in February and March 2019.

University of Bristol

13 July 2019 – OutStories at Bristol Pride

 Old events posts  Comments Off on 13 July 2019 – OutStories at Bristol Pride
Jul 102019
 

Bristol Pride logo with suspension bridge, SS Gt Britain and balloons inside a rainbowOutStories will be at Bristol Pride on Saturday. We have a stall in the Community Area near the main entrance to the site.  Come and say hello!

After welcoming an incredible 36,000 people last year, Pride Day is relocating to Durdham Down, doubling its capacity and introducing new festival areas.

Not only is Bristol Pride one of the largest UK Pride events, it’s one of Bristol’s largest festivals, and named in the Top50 World Pride events in 2018 & 2019.

Pride needs your support – so buy a Pride Supporter wristband and beat the queue at the gate. See you there!

Saturday 13th July 2019,  12pm on
Durdham Down, Westbury Park, Bristol

Map

 

11 to 16 Feb 2019 – ‘Revealing Stories’ at M Shed

 Old events posts  Comments Off on 11 to 16 Feb 2019 – ‘Revealing Stories’ at M Shed
Feb 122019
 

OutStories Bristol’s highly successful ‘Revealing Stories’ exhibition is on display at M Shed from 11th to 16th February to coincide with LGBT History Day on the 16th.

The exhibition is based on archival records and oral history interviews with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people associated with Bristol and the surrounding area. Focusing on living memory (c. 1940s to the present) it tells how people fought to shape and control their own lives. It is the story of those who witnessed these changes and helped to make history.

Monday 11th to Saturday 16th February 2019

M Shed,    Wapping Road,    Bristol,    BS1 4RN
Map                  Getting to M Shed

Please note: this display comprises vertical text panels only; it doesn’t include any of the objects that were in the original exhibition at Bristol’s M Shed during February/March 2013.

 

P1030387 Revealing Stories display panelP1030397

    HLF logo     

13 Oct 2018 – Talk on John Addington Symonds + OutStories AGM

 Old events posts  Comments Off on 13 Oct 2018 – Talk on John Addington Symonds + OutStories AGM
Sep 092018
 

Amber Regis:  “John Addington Symonds: from Bristol via Davos to the archive and library”

Middle-aged man with facial hair and wearing tweed jacket and fur hat sitting at an ornate desk with book-lined shelves behind.

J A Symonds in his study at Am Hof. Copyright: University of Bristol Special Collections Library.

This lecture will explore the fascinating afterlife of John Addington Symonds’s Memoirs (c.1899-91) — his account of life as a homosexual man in Victorian Britain and Europe, where experience and action were subject to legal repression and the constraints of social custom and prejudice.

In writing his autobiography, Symonds forged a language through which to articulate his desires and sense of self, drawing upon ancient Greek history and literature, the European Renaissance, and the poetry of Walt Whitman. The finished manuscript could not be published in his lifetime; even if Symonds had found a printer willing to set the type, booksellers would have risked prosecution under the Obscene Publications Act. So his manuscript was saved for posterity, passing through the hands of successive custodians and libraries.

The extraordinary story of the Memoirs — their composition and survival — takes us from the streets of Bristol to the mountain tops of Davos, and into the locked safes and strong rooms of the London Library and Bristol University Special Collections.

* * * * *Head of young women with black hair and wearing black spectacles and black and white striped blouse

Amber Regis is Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Sheffield. She is the editor of The Memoirs of John Addington Symonds: A Critical Edition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and her work upon Symonds’s final essay collection, In the Key of Blue (1893), was recently the subject of a collaboration with OutAloud, Sheffield’s LGBT community choir, performed at the 2018 Festival of the Mind.


Saturday 13th October 2018, 2:30pm to 5pm

The Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ
Map


The talk will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting of OutStories Bristol (very brief!).

Everyone is welcome to both the AGM and talk. Admission and refreshments are free but a small donation towards the running costs of OutStories Bristol would be appreciated. Please book on Eventbrite so we know numbers.

The Old Council Chamber is on the first floor of the Wills Memorial Building – go up the main stairs and turn right.

Disabled parking is on the left side of the building with a lift to the first floor.

This is the Fifth Annual John Addington Symonds Celebration event in collaboration with the University of Bristol’s Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT). Our thanks to them for sponsoring this event.

Find out more about the IGRCT on their website; you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

UnivOfBristol_logo_colourOutStories Bristol logoAncient sculpted head on black background with text "Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition"
Jul 212018
 

Bristol’s listings and features magazine Bristol24/7 and Tusko Films have produced a wonderful documentary Talking LGBT+ Bristol. This Heritage Lottery funded video shares the rich heritage of LGBT+ life in Bristol over the last century, with contributors coming from all backgrounds and ages from across the city.

The documentary gives a platform to the LGBT+ community in Bristol, and aims to increase visibility and raise awareness of the love, struggle and change that the community has faced.

Talking LGBT+ Bristol was first shown at previews at the Arnolfini and Watershed, and there were two public screenings on the big screen on Millennium Square as part of Bristol Pride Day, 14th July 2018.

Bristol24/7 are giving the documentary to Bristol Archives as a free resource, and as a teaching resource to local schools, colleges and universities.

Bristol24/7 Managing Director Ben Wright said:

“The real value of this project will be its lasting legacy, and we hope that Talking LGBT+ Bristol will encourage open discussions surrounding LGBT+ issues and gender. It is in the hands of the next generation to continue the fight prejudice wherever it exists.

“At the heart of our social impact agenda are our core values of investment, inspiration and inclusion. Talking LGBT+ Bristol encapsulates these values and hopes to inspire communities and celebrate Bristol’s diversity through storytelling, giving a voice for all.”

If you’d like to hear more about Bristol24/7’s social impact work, their projects and how you can get involved, contact partnerships@bristol247.com.

 

Logo with bold white text "B24/7" in bright red rectangleLogo comprising bold black text "Tusko"   

Beth Asbury – Out in Oxford

 Old events posts  Comments Off on Beth Asbury – Out in Oxford
Feb 062018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointers Logo with striped rainbow hues inside the letter "Q"In April 2016, a team from the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, was awarded funding by the Arts Council England via the Oxford University Museums Partnership’s Innovation Fund for the creation of the University’s first cross-collections trail, Out in Oxford: An LGBTQ+ Trail of the University of Oxford’s Collections.

The project was a response to a lecture by Professor Richard Parkinson of the Oriental Institute (previously of the British Museum and author of A Little Gay History) which he gave during LGBT History Month that year. The lecture called for more explicit, not implicit, LGBTQ+ representation in museums and can be watched here: https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/great-unrecorded-history-lgbt-heritage-and-world-cultures.

The outcome of the project is a free booklet featuring items from each of the University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums group (GLAM): the Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Libraries, Botanic Garden, Museum of the History of Science, Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum, and the Bate Collection in the Faculty of Music. The items featured have been identified by the collections’ staff, but the interpretations have all been written by volunteers who identify as LGBTQ+ or allies. Forewords were kindly provided by Richard Parkinson and Stephen Fry. The trail was launched with a series of spectacular and well-attended events co-curated by the project’s volunteers during LGBT History Month 2017. The project was shortlisted for a Museums + Heritage Award and can be accessed here: www.glam.ox.ac.uk/outinoxford.

Beth Asbury is a graduate of Ancient History and Archaeology, and Egyptology from the University of Birmingham. She has worked for the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, Ministry of State for Antiquities in Cairo, and the Pitt Rivers Museum where she worked on several different projects, including Out in Oxford. In January this year, Beth became the Administrative Assistant for the Public Engagement team in the Ashmolean Museum.

Come and hear Beth speak at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

3:00pm to 3:30pm, Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map                   Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

Nine exuberant young people wearing bright trendy clothes

OSB logo, short text

Darryl W Bullock – ‘David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music’

 Old events posts  Comments Off on Darryl W Bullock – ‘David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music’
Feb 062018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersMiddle-aged man with beard and moustache and wearing bright floral shirt and sunglassesDescribed as ‘a veritable Bard of the bent, broken and Baroque’ by Andy Partridge (XTC), Darryl W. Bullock is a publisher, editor, and writer specialising in areas including music, the arts and LGBT issues.

Since 1995 he has written excess of 2,500 articles and news stories for publications including The Guardian, The Bath Chronicle, Venue, Folio, Songwriter Magazine, The Spark, The Bath Magazine, My Wiltshire, B-24/7, 3Sixty, The Pink Paper, We Are Family Magazine, The Western Daily Press and The Quietus. He has been profiled in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and GT and has featured on BBC One (The Big Questions), C4 (Come Dine With Me) and on numerous local and national radio and TV programmes.

Darryl is the author of four books: The World’s Worst Records (Volumes 1 and 2), Florence Foster Jenkins: the Life of the World’s Worst Opera Singer (called ‘delightfully cheering’ by bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith in The New York Times), and the acclaimed history of popular music David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music (Duckworth-Overlook, 2017). He posts weekly on his blog, also called The World’s Worst Records.

www.worldsworstrecords.co.uk
www.facebook.com/darrylwbullock

Come and hear Darryl speak at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

1:00pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map                   Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

OSB logo, short text

Bristol 24/7 – exclusive preview of Talking LGBT+ Bristol documentary

 Old events posts  Comments Off on Bristol 24/7 – exclusive preview of Talking LGBT+ Bristol documentary
Feb 062018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersLast September Bristol24/7 launched Talking LGBT+ Bristol – a groundbreaking project set to unearth, document and share LGBT+ life and history in Bristol with a wider audience.

The team at Bristol24/7 want to help others access and learn about Bristol’s LGBT+ heritage.

Over the last few months we have been unearthing stories and finding contributors from the Bristol LGBT+ community and beyond. We completed the first phase of filming in December 2017, with the second and third phases of filming to take place in spring this year. The final film will be shown on the big screen in Millennium Square as part of Bristol Pride. Bristol24/7 will make our Talking LGBT+ documentary available for schools to use as an educational tool and the whole project will also be added as a resource to Bristol Archives.

Bristol24/7 will be showing an exclusive short preview of the project so far. We are still looking for contributors and volunteers to be involved in this amazing project and will be on hand at M Shed to answer any questions.

Drop in on Bristol24/7 at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

12:00pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map                   Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

Bristol24/7 is a Community Interest Company that provides high-quality, independent news and features by experienced and talented journalists and bloggers. Find out what’s happening across Bristol with news, features and what’s on listings on our website and also in our free monthly print magazine.

Inverted rainbow-coloured triangle with text "Talking LGBT+ Bristol"

OSB logo, short text

22 Feb 2018 – Stuart Milk speaking in Bristol

 Old events posts  Comments Off on 22 Feb 2018 – Stuart Milk speaking in Bristol
Feb 012018
 

Smiling middle-aged man wearing suit, white shirt and tieStuart Milk, nephew of the iconic civil rights leader Harvey Milk, is to deliver his talk Global LGBT+ Rights and the Power of Your Story in Bristol on Thursday 22nd February.

Stuart is an international human rights activist and youth advocate. He is the co-founder and Executive Chair of the Harvey Milk Foundation.

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 6pm to 7pm

University of Bristol Students Union ‘Anson Rooms’,
The Richmond Building,  105 Queens Road,  Bristol,  BS8 1LN

Map

The event is hosted by Bristol Students Union in their ‘Richmond Lecture’ series.
It is free and open to everyone – students, university staff, and the public.

Booking required (guest registration required with your email address and a password).

 

1 to 28 Feb 2018 – ‘Revealing Stories’ at Bishopston Library

 Old events posts  Comments Off on 1 to 28 Feb 2018 – ‘Revealing Stories’ at Bishopston Library
Feb 012018
 

OutStories Bristol’s highly successful ‘Revealing Stories’ exhibition is on display at Bishopston Library from 1st to 28th February to coincide with LGBT History Month.

The exhibition is based on archival records and oral history interviews with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people associated with Bristol and the surrounding area. Focusing on living memory (c. 1940s to the present) it tells how people fought to shape and control their own lives. It is the story of those who witnessed these changes and helped to make history.

Thursday 1st to Wednesday 28th February 2018

Bristol North Baths,  Gloucester Road,  Bishopston,  Bristol,  BS7 8BN

Map       Opening hours and getting there

Please note: this display comprises vertical text panels only; it doesn’t include any of the objects that were in the original exhibition at Bristol’s M Shed during February/March 2013.

 

P1030387 Revealing Stories display panelP1030397

    HLF logo   

25 Feb 2018 – LGBT+ history walk in Bath

 Old events posts  Comments Off on 25 Feb 2018 – LGBT+ history walk in Bath
Feb 012018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersCome on a guided walk and find out about some of the LGBT+ history of Bath.

The walk is a little over a mile in length through the centre of the city and lasts about one and a half hours. We will be looking at buildings and places associated with LGBT+ people over the last century. These represent a rich variety of different experiences and show some of the changes which have occurred during that period.

The walk ends back at the starting point, where participants can get tea or coffee in the nearby Pavilion Café. Wear warm clothing, as the group stops en route for explanations about the places we pass.

Walk led by Robert Howes of Gay West. Contact: 07758 810134.

2pm to 3:30pm, Sunday 25th February 2018

Meet by the War Memorial at the Royal Avenue entrance to Royal Victoria Park
Queens Parade, Bath, BA1 2NJ

 

Two five-storey Georgian houses in Bath stone, connected by a stone bridge over a road, on a sunny dayWilliam Beckford’s home in Lansdown Crescent, seen in June 2016

 

OSB logo, short text

Historic England – Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage

 Old events posts  Comments Off on Historic England – Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage
Jan 312018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersHistoric England is the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. We champion and protect historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them. In our South West office in Bristol we are responsible for giving advice on planning decisions, listing and grant applications for Heritage at Risk for the heritage in the entire south west.

Logo consisting of green red and blue wavy lines with text "Historic England"As part of our national championing of heritage we launched our Pride of Place campaign which aims to uncover and highlight places of LGBTQ heritage across England, ranging from the frontiers of Roman Britain to the gay pubs and clubs that remain important in our lives today.

It also included the creation of an interactive crowd-sourced map that identifies places that are relevant to LGBTQ heritage and history. Members of the public can contribute to this map. In the Bristol office we want to use this campaign to engage more with our local LGBT community.

Historic England will be showcasing Pride of Place at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum, and explaining how you can help contribute to this national resource.

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

Studio Rooms,    M Shed,    Wapping Road,    Bristol,    BS1 4RN
Map                  Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

4-storey Georgian period building, deep red brick walls, white sash windows and dormer windows on sloping tiled roof.

Historic England’s Bristol Office

 

 

OSB logo, short text

Jana Funke – The role of lesbian and bisexual women in the fight for women’s suffrage

 Old events posts  Comments Off on Jana Funke – The role of lesbian and bisexual women in the fight for women’s suffrage
Jan 312018
 
Face and shoulders of Jana, about 30s, long dark hair and light blue blouse.

Jana Funke

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersA hundred years ago, in February 1918, some women won the right to vote in the UK. What role did lesbian and bisexual women play in the fight for suffrage? What contributions did they make to the women’s movement? What problems do we encounter when we try to tell their stories?

It is no longer a secret that a number of women involved in the early twentieth-century women’s movement had sexual and romantic relationships with other women. However, the various and often conflicted ways in which these women responded to, negotiated and shaped suffrage politics – individually and collaboratively – have largely remained obscure.

This talk will focus on Ethel Smyth, Christopher St. John and Radclyffe Hall, three artists and writers who moved in the same social circles and were all, to very different degrees, involved in the campaign for women’s suffrage. Exploring their lives, writings and politics, it seeks to open up debate about the connections between LGBT and feminist histories and politics in the past and present.

Jana Funke is Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on modernist literature and culture, the history of sexuality, sexual science and medicine, and feminist studies and queer theory.

Come and hear Jana speak at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

12:30pm to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map                   Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

Elderly lady wearing fur coat and hat with a large dog, standing outside a house

Ethel Smyth

 

OSB logo, short text

Tom Marshman – LGBT+ audio tours of M Shed

 Old events posts  Comments Off on Tom Marshman – LGBT+ audio tours of M Shed
Jan 312018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersTom Marshman is launching his new audio tours of M Shed; they will be Mp3 players encased in vintage matchboxes he has collected. Tom has spent many years recording the stories of Bristol’s Older LGBT people, developing verbatim theatre, and wanted to do something more with them, finding a place where they can be permanently. They are tales of jeopardy, injustice and celebration and indulgence! The sound tours are a collaboration with sound artist Rowan Evans.

Six images of matchboxes held by a handThe idea to put the audio devices in a match box came from one of the stories about a man who met his life partner when he ran out of matches and asked a stranger for a light!

Tom says “It is really exciting for me to have a piece of work that will be a permanent part of the exhibition, so people can request the Mp3 players at the front desk whenever they like and hear the rich everyday stories of Older LGBTQ people living in Bristol.”

It will add a new queer reading on many of the objects that are part of the collection that visitors have become familiar with.

Audiences will be able to walk around the museum and hear the stories that relate to objects in the collection. For example you can listen to how one man fell in love with a bus driver as you sit on the double decker bus that is in M-shed.

Alongside that, Tom will be talking about his new show he is developing and that will premiere in September 2018 in Bristol and that is focused around life in Britain in the 1950’s before decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Come and hear Tom at the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

12:00pm to 12:30pm, Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map                   Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

Young man peeping from behind a rainbow-coloured curtain

 

OSB logo, short text

Expressing Sex – an informal workshop for young people 16-25

 Old events posts  Comments Off on Expressing Sex – an informal workshop for young people 16-25
Jan 312018
 

Rainbow-coloured band and two compass pointersHow did people in the past express their sexuality and gender? What can a photograph from the nineteenth century, scientific data from the 1900s, a statue from the ancient world, or a novel written by someone in the 1920s tell us about sexuality and gender in the past? How did people living decades and centuries ago make sense of their own “identities”? How do people today think and speak about sexuality and gender, and how might looking to history help us to express ourselves now?

Come and join historians, literary scholars and sexual health experts to explore objects, photos, memoirs, films and fiction, and find out more about the history of identity, gender, sexuality and science.

Everyone aged 16-25 is welcome, whether or not you identify as LGBT+.

For more information and to register your attendance for this workshop please contact: rethinkingsexology@exeter.ac.uk.
Or just drop in on the day!

Time: 2-4pm – please note this is an informal drop in session, so come anytime!

This session is run by researchers from the University of Exeter (Dr Jen Grove, Dr Ina Linge and Dr Jana Funke) affiliated with the Rethinking Sexology and Sex & History projects.

Part of the LGBT History Day at Bristol’s M Shed Museum. Free entry.

2pm to 4pm,  Saturday 10th February 2018

Studio Rooms, M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
Map                   Getting to M Shed

The Studio Rooms are on the first floor, upstairs from the main entrance. M Shed has wheelchair accessible lifts and accessible toilets.

1920s painting of woman with cropped hair wearing a dinner jacket and trousers, with two dogs

Ancient bronze statue of woman wearing a helmet, left arm raised and right hand holding a discus

Statuette of Athena

      Brush-line drawing of a young androgynous face with text "Memoirs of a Man's Maiden Years"

 

OSB logo, short text