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Opening A New Chapter

OutStories Bristol is embarking on new project following on from it’s hugely acclaimed ‘Revealing Stories’ exhibition.

OutStories Bristol is a volunteer community history group gathering the stories of LGBT people living in or associated with Bristol and its surrounds and within it’s main aims is to Record the life stories of LGBT people in writing or using audio and video, Collect and preserve documents, artifacts, memorabilia and to archive the material in appropriate public institutions so it is accessible to everyone.

The ‘Revealing Stories’ exhibition revealed the hidden histories of Bristol’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities through images, artworks, oral history and memorabilia, Focusing on living memory (c. 1940s to the present) the exhibition tells how people in Bristol fought to shape and control their own lives. It is the story of those who witnessed these changes and helped to make history and was first staged at the M Shed between February & April 2013 and is still touring various local venues around Bristol.

Continuing the research the group started for the ‘Revealing Stories’ exhibition, the group is developing a new collaborative project with the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council. The project aims to gather the LGBT story of the Bristol area and create a permanent online archive. They are calling this project “place” and it should formally commence in October – provided funding is secured.

Between January and October 2015, OutStories are starting a number of mini-projects to establish small teams of volunteers:

  • Research locations in central Bristol with LGBT associations
  • Create a timeline of LGBT venues
  • Interview trans people
  • Identify past and present local trans groups
  • Help Bristol’s LGBT groups collect and record their history
  • A local LGBT topic that interests you

There will be an opportunity to learn more about the project and find out how you can get involved at a Launch Night being held on Saturday 28th February in Hamilton House in Bristol. During the night you will be able to learn more about opportunities to assist the project in oral history interviewing, research in local archives or online, helping digitize material for upload to the OutStories website.

The event is being held at Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft BS1 2QY Saturday 28th February 2015 2pm – 4pm, and you can book your place online via the Eventbrite website.