Mapping LGBT+ Bristol  is a major new project to create a permanent digital archive and online map of the LGBT+ history of Bristol and the surrounding areas: Bath, South Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the project is a collaboration between local LGBT+ history group OutStories Bristol, the Know Your Bristol project at the University of Bristol, the LGBTQ youth group Freedom Youth, the online historical mapping website Know Your Place, and Bristol Record Office.

The project involves local residents researching, writing and mapping LGBT+ history (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender including all gender, sexual and romantic minorities). Our aim is to make LGBT+ history mainstream – to put it on the map as part of the official history of Bristol. In doing so, we hope to make the voices of LGBT+ people heard in public, in the local authority planning process and in local schools.

Over the next year we will be training volunteers to carry out oral history interviews with local residents, researching LGBT+ history in the city archives at Bristol Record Office and holding a series of events to gather stories, images and artefacts to create a permanent LGBT+ archive. We’ll be digitising and editing this material in order to create an LGBT+ layer on Bristol City Council’s online history map Know Your Place, and we’ll be working in partnership with LGBTQ youth group, Freedom Youth, to create curriculum resources for schools using the material collected. Finally, we’ll be launching a mobile app at Bristol Pride 2016 that allows users to explore Bristol’s LGBT+ history on the move.

If any of that sounds of interest to you, get in touch! Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the project!

Contact: contact [at] outstoriesbristol [dot] org [dot] uk