Event Calendar

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OUTing The Past Festival @ Taunton Library @ The Glass Box @ Taunton Library
Feb 2 all-day
OUTing The Past Festival @ Taunton Library @ The Glass Box @ Taunton Library | England | United Kingdom

Somerset Libraries are very excited to be hosting their first Outing the Past Festival in Taunton Library in February 2019. Our festival programme covers a wide variety of topics and historical periods and hopes to provide ‘something for everyone’.

Attendees can expect to journey from Spartan Greece, where we will explore whether the Spartan army was as macho as we think it was, all the way through to the growth of LGBT activism in modern day Britain. In this centenary year for the commemoration of the First World War, we are also delighted to welcome the first openly transgender officer in the British Armed Forces to talk about three key transgender figures to serve in the armed forces this century.

Finally, there will the opportunity to explore local LGBT history with two talks from the Somerset area. Local playwright, Malcolm Martin, will take us back to Taunton in 1954, where the arrest of a young man accused of approaching another man on a train led to one of the first public calls to decriminalise homosexuality in the UK. Following this will be a talk about the significance of the LGBT coffee shop in Bristol, which will be complemented by an exhibition in the library on the LGBT history of Bristol, Bath and Somerset.

Details of the full programme and how to book a place will be available via our website from early January – www.somersetlibraries.co.uk

OUTing the Past Festival The Higgins Bedford Hub @ The Higgins Bedford
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm
OUTing the Past Festival The Higgins Bedford Hub @ The Higgins Bedford | England | United Kingdom

The Higgins Bedford is very excited to be hosting its 2nd OUTing the Past Festival as a hub venue. We have a dynamic range of speakers on a wide range of themes on our Festival date of Saturday 16th February. We would like to introduce our speakers and their themes, who are Jane Hoy and Helen Sandler of Living Histories Cymru presenting ‘ “The oldest New Woman and her incorrigible Welsh friend”; Miss Frances Power Cobbe and Miss Mary Charlotte Lloyd in conversation’, Sacha Coward of The National Maritime Museum presenting ‘Mermaids: A Twist In The Tale’, Kate Hutchinson presenting ‘Are we nearly there yet’ on the history and context of Trans-rights; and Peter Scott-Presland presenting ‘What shall we tell the children?’ on the history and controversy regarding sex education in schools. Everyone welcome!

OUTing the Past Dublin 2019 @ National gallery of Ireland
Mar 23 all-day
OUTing the Past Dublin 2019 @ National gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland is delighted to bring OUTing the Past to Dublin for the first time on the 23rd March 2019. In 2018 we launched LGBTQ+ themed tours of the collection, and we are looking forward to going bigger and bolder with our LGBTQ+ programming in 2019. The Festival offers Gallery visitors a new educational perspective by viewing the National Collection through a LGBTQ+ lens. Hidden stories within the collection will be brought to light for the public to experience.

The Festival will be a mix of historical knowledge and engaging discussion linking directly to the Gallery’s collection. The public will be able to book free tickets online (tickets will be live soon). A morning of fascinating speakers in the Gallery’s Lecture Theatre will include author and historian Brian Lacey and University College Dublin Professor Katherine O’Donnell, both discussing Irish LGBTQ+ writers and artists. Rainer Schulze from the University of Essex will explore Suleika Aldini and gender expression through Cabaret performance in Berlin.

After lunch in the architecturally stunning Courtyard, Kate Drinane, a member of the Gallery’s Education Team and founder of our LGBTQ+ programming, will introduce delegates to the queer works in the Gallery’s collection. Afternoon breakout sessions will focus on discussion and engagement, with conversations from Laura Harmon, Equality Campaigner and former president of the Union of Students in Ireland, and Patrick McDonagh, PhD Researcher, as well as Michael Cronin from Maynooth University, with Mary McAuliffe, Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at UCD.

A special archival display will be curated by Leah Benson, Gallery archivist and Tonie Walsh founder of the Irish Queer Archive. Prominent LGBTQ+ Irish artists will also lead practical workshops. The day will finish with a performance and talk in the spectacular Shaw Room. The full program of talks, tours, activities and music will be announced soon – watch this space!