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OurStory Scotland

... recording the stories of the LGBT community in Scotland

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LGBT History

Guide to LGBT Research Resources in Scotland by the National Library of Scotland
research guide to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender material available in the National Library of Scotland's collections and elsewhere in Scotland

Search through the Scottish Archive Network
for example, searching for 'homosexual' on the Scottish Archive Network, you will find details of the papers of Ian Dunn and of Outright Scotland in the National Records of Scotland, including records of the Scottish Minorities Group and the Scottish Homosexual Rights Group

Search through the National Records of Scotland
for example, searching for 'trans' in the National Records of Scotland, you will find information about LGBT History and a Scottish Government Bill

Sexuality and Gender Identity History Research Guide by The National Archives in London
research guide to help find records relating to LGBTQ+ history

Hall-Carpenter Archives at the LSE
source for the study of gay activism in Britain which followed the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1958

Gender and LGBT Archives listed by the Community Archives and Heritage Group
community archives in the UK and Ireland that appear under the subject of Gender and LGBT

Lesbian Archive at Glasgow Women's Library
UK's largest collection of materials about lesbian lives, activism & achievements

Remember When
joint initiative between the City of Edinburgh Council and the Living Memory Association, celebrating the histories of Edinburgh's LGBT communities

Proud City at Museums and Galleries Edinburgh
exhibition drawing upon Museums & Galleries Edinburgh’s broad-ranging LGBTQIA+ collections

Queer Scotland
site maintained by Jeff Meek on Scottish Gay History and Culture, including LGBT Historical Maps

LGBT History Scotland
collection of records of LGBT history in Scotland, especially from the inauguration of the Scottish Minorities Group in 1969

LGBT History Month Scotland
information about events to mark LGBT History Month in Scotland

LGBT+ History Month UK
opportunities for all of us to learn more about the histories of LGBT people in Britain and Northern Ireland

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LGBT Support

National LGBT Forum
for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Scotland; our friends, families, and allies; national and local LGBT organisations and communities; and public bodies, employers, and service providers.

Equality Network
campaigns for human rights for LGBT people in Scotland

Stonewall Scotland
campaigns for equality and justice for LGBT people in Scotland

LGBT Youth Scotland
national youth organisation committed to the inclusion of LGBT young people in the life of Scotland

Pride Scotia - Edinburgh
LGBT pride event held in Edinburgh every two years

Pride Glasgow
LGBT pride event held in Glasgow

West of Scotland LGBT Forum
bringing together those who represent LGBT people in the West of Scotland to provide opportunities for networking, information exchange, cooperation and coordination

LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing
initiative to promote the health of LGBT people living in, working in and travelling to Edinburgh

Highland LGBT Forum and Social Group
making the LGBT community more visible in the Highlands

Bi Scotland
Scotland's national organisation for bisexuals

Scottish Transgender Alliance
aims to improve the lives and experiences of transgender people in Scotland and to provide information in support of transgender equality issues and human rights

Glasgow and West of Scotland's TV/TS/TG support group

LGBT Helpline Scotland
information and emotional support for LGBT people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland

Lothian LGBT Helpline
support and information for LGBT people and those questioning their sexuality or gender identity

Strathclyde Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
no longer operates, but provides a list of other similar organisations

Gay Men's Health
Scottish charity that involves and empowers gay and bisexual men to promote the health and well-being of all men who have sex with men

Steve Retson Project
sexual health service in Glasgow for gay men, bisexual men and men who have sex with men

provides sexual health and counselling services in Glasgow to lesbians, bisexual women and women who have sex with women

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Arts Organisations

Scotland's annual celebration of queer culture

Scottish Storytelling Centre
reinforces Scotland's vigorous contribution to a worldwide revival of interest in storytelling and storytelling traditions from its headquarters in Edinburgh, and supports a national network of storytellers

Lapidus Scotland
develops the use of creative words for health and wellbeing through creative writing workshops, storytelling and poetry sessions, and hosted the Hidden Voices conference in Glasgow in 2006, which included a presentation by OurStory Scotland on Untold Stories of the LGBT Community

Creative Scotland
the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries (formerly the Scottish Arts Council): OurStory Scotland was awarded a Scottish Arts Council lottery funded grant for the Queer Stories project 2005-2007 and a Creative Scotland lottery funded grant for Love Out of Bounds in 2010-2011

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Libraries, Museums and Galleries

National Library of Scotland
The National Library of Scotland is Scotland's largest library and the world centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. The OurStory Scotland Collection in the Archives and Manuscript Collections at the Library houses our oral history recordings and personal testimonies, while our video recordings are archived in its Moving Image Archive, Scotland's national moving images collection, which preserves over 100 years of Scottish history on film and video. The National Library of Scotland provides a very useful Guide to LGBT Research Resources.

National Museums Scotland - Scottish Life Archive
The Scottish Life Archive at National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh is a rich research resource, which comprises documentary and audio-visual evidence of the diverse lives of the people of Scotland. The OurStory Scotland Collection in the Scottish Life Archive includes artworks and handwritten episodes from LGBT life stories collected by OurStory Scotland throughout the country.

Mitchell Library
The Mitchell is one of Europe's largest public reference libraries with a book stock of 1.3 million books, 35,000 maps and thousands of photographs, newspapers and microfilms. It is funded by Glasgow City Council and is the hub of a citywide information service for all residents, workers and visitors to the City. Virtual Mitchell consists of digitised photographs and other images of Glasgow - a small selection from those held in Archives and Special Collections in the Mitchell Library. The Mitchell is the official address of OurStory Scotland and supports us by providing meeting space. The OurStory Scotland Collection at the Mitchell archives documents pertaining to OurStory Scotland as a Scottish Charity, its background and origins, establishment, organisation, publications and events, along with Scottish LGBT magazines donated to OurStory Scotland.

Open Museum
The Open Museum takes Glasgow Museums' collections beyond the museum walls and out into the community. The Open Museum has many reminiscence kits, object handling kits and exhibitions available for loan. This free service allows Glasgow's citizens to borrow museum objects and create their own displays. Cooperation between the Open Museum and OurStory Scotland has resulted in the OurStory reminiscence box and handling kit, reminiscence workshops with LGBT people, and exhibitions at the Kelvingrove and the Gallery of Modern Art.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
the largest civic museum and art gallery in the UK, with collections of international importance - OurStory Scotland held its groundbreaking OurSpace exhibition here in 2008

Gallery of Modern Art
GoMA in Glasgow is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside London. OurStory Scotland worked with GoMA to devise exhibitions, workshops and events in relation to the Social Justice theme for 2009.

People's Palace and Winter Gardens
The People's Palace is Glasgow's social history museum and tells the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the present. Attached to the People's Palace is the elegant Victorian glasshouse - the Winter Gardens - where there is a programme of temporary exhibitions and events throughout the year. OurStory Scotland has held exhibitions and workshops here.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
St Mungo Museum has displays, artefacts and works of art that explore the importance of religion in peoplesí lives, aiming to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and of none. OurStory Scotland's exhibition Love Out of Bounds was held here in 2012.

Glasgow Women's Library
a library of information for and about women, a reference and lending library, an archive and resource centre, and the only women's library in the UK

East Lothian Museums
museum collections, exhibitions and events across East Lothian, including regular participation in LGBT History Month since 2008

British Library Sound Archive
one of the largest sound archives in the world, with a searchable Sound Archive Catalogue

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Oral History and Reminiscence

Oral History Society
This is a national and international organisation dedicated to the collection and preservation of oral history. It offers practical support and advice about how to get started, what equipment to use, what techniques are best, how to look after recordings, and how to make use of what you have collected. OurStory Scotland has published accounts of its work in the Journal of the Oral History Society.

Living Memory Association
The Living Memory Association is an Edinburgh based Scottish charity that aims to bring people together through reminiscence and oral history work. They have given invaluable advice to OurStory Scotland on oral history and reminiscence work, and they helped to set up Edinburgh's Remember When project.

Age Exchange
Age Exchange, based in Blackheath, London, is internationally known for work in all areas of reminiscence, including theatre, publishing, exhibitions, cross-generational projects and training workshops. All their work emerges from interviews with older people. The material collected is made available to a wider audience through books, exhibitions and theatre. Age Exchange is also the coordinator of the European Reminiscence Network.

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