IT Services help get Bristol's LGBT+ history on the map and app!


[15 July 2016]

IT Services have been working with the Department of History, local LGBT+ history group OutStories Bristol, Bristol City Council and Bristol Record Office on the ‘Mapping LGBT+ Bristol’ project, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The Research IT (RIT) team provided the software development expertise to develop an online map and apps that use pictures, oral history recordings, archival documents and personal stories to bring hidden LGBT+ histories to light.

The map and apps were successfully launched at Bristol Pride Festival on 7th June and featured on the University homepage and Bristol Post. You can explore the map on the OutStories website and the apps can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices.

“Mapping LGBT+ Bristol has pushed at the edges of established ways of working through the co-production of a series of iterative digital outputs that really have been co-designed with and between, academics, community partners and developers. It's a testament to the technical and interpersonal skills of the developers at RIT, that this has been possible. We look forward to future collaborations.”

Dr. Nathan Eisenstadt, CI Mapping LGBT+ Bristol.