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Recovering Bristol’s LGBT history

LGBT History of Bristol’s first guided walk around Bristol covering sites of LGBT history, October 2009

LGBT History of Bristol’s first guided walk around Bristol covering sites of LGBT history, October 2009

1 September 2010

The history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Bristol is being uncovered and recorded thanks to the work of a new community group.

LGBT History of Bristol’s first guided walk around Bristol covering sites of LGBT history, October 2009

The history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Bristol is being uncovered and recorded thanks to the work of a new community group.

The group, LGBT History of Bristol, aims to capture in written, audio and video format LGBT stories, then archive and display these materials in a relevant institution, such as the Museum of Bristol.

Andrew Foyle (BA 1998), an architectural historian, hopes that Bristol alumni will contribute their memories and experiences to this project. He said: ‘As an alumnus and former part-time lecturer at Bristol, I want to appeal to alumni to contact us with information about their memories of LGBT life, especially those old enough to remember Bristol prior to the legal reforms of 1967 as written evidence for the pre-1967 period is virtually non-existent.’

Andrew understands the sensitivities around this subject. ‘All the information so gathered will be treated with respect and confidentiality,’ he said.

Andrew presented a paper entitled ‘Sins of Omission; Recovering LGBT History in Bristol’ at a recent University of West of England (UWE) conference A Second City Remembered; Rethinking Bristol’s History 1400-2000 on 23 July 2010.

Andrew is also author of the Pevsner Architectural Guide to Bristol.

For more information contact Andrew at andyfoyle@blueyonder.co.uk or lgbt-historyofbristol@gmx.co.uk.