18 November 2021

“Beloved friends”: Researching LGBTQ history at Bristol Archives

Join Mark Small from Bristol Archives as he examines documents and collections that help us understand the lives of LGBTQ people in the city over several centuries.

Mark will also share research tips to help get you started on this sometimes challenging but always rewarding research.

Bristol Archives has contributed to recent projects exploring Bristol’s LGBTQ history. These include Bristol OutStories’ ground-breaking Revealing Stories exhibition at M Shed in 2013; Freedom Youth’s 21st birthday book, Free to be me, in 2016; and Design West’s Queer Bristol: Audio Tour for Bristol Open Doors 2021.

This talk accompanies Bristol Archives’ Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer history: sources for research, which will be published online this autumn.

Speaker: Mark Small, Archives Assistant and LGBTQ advocate

Image: Photograph of Pride West, c. 1994, from the Gay Switchboard Bristol collection. [Bristol Archives 45120/Ph/1]

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 18 November.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.

This talk is part of our fortnightly season of late lunchtime talks.