Category Archives: History

Local Girl Made Good

The picture above is of Saint Walpurga (alternatively Walburga or Walpurgis). She was born in 710 CE in the Saxon kingdom of Wessex, probably somewhere in what is now Devonshire. Aged 11 she was sent to Wimborne Abbey in Dorset … Continue reading

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Bristol LGBT History Month Alert

Following up on my Sunday post about my schedule for February, it appears that I need to sound a little warning about the Bristol event on Feb. 25th. Daryn Carter from Bristol Pride tells me that they have over 100 … Continue reading

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February On The Road

My dance card is looking pretty much full for February already. It is going to be a very busy month. Here’s some of the events you’ll be able to find me at. At the beginning of the month I’ll be … Continue reading

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Brief Restaurant Recommendation

I’m in Oxford. I’ll be spending all tomorrow doing training, and much of Wednesday visiting bookshops and libraries. But because we have a 9:30am start tomorrow I am staying in a hotel on expenses, which is nice. The hotel, by … Continue reading

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Well, the period between Christmas and New Year didn’t go quite as planned. On Thursday I went down with something that involved a screaming headache and extreme tiredness. I spent much of Thursday asleep and unable to do much at … Continue reading

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Introducing The Art Detective

One area of the media in which women are doing quite well is history documentaries. I was very pleased, therefore, to discover a new podcast series hosted by Dr. Janina Ramirez. Titled The Art Detective, it will feature a different … Continue reading

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The Trans People from History Question

A week or so ago there was a lengthy Twitter conversation between myself, Kit Heyam, and Greg Jenner (who is the historical consultant for the BBC’s Horrible Histories show). It was occasioned by the publication of a new biography of … Continue reading

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Travel Planning

If you have asked me about my availability recently I have probably said something along the lines of, “not in February, please”. That’s LGBT History Month, and that tends to mean a lot of travel. Today I have been doing … Continue reading

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In Search of Arthur

This evening I attended a talk at the M-Shed Museum in Bristol on that great West Country mystery, King Arthur. It was given by Professor Ronald Hutton of Bristol University who is an expert on all sorts of things, including … Continue reading

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King Arthur in Bristol

Well, not literally of course. But there will be a talk about the case for an historical Arthur at the M-Shed on Wednesday night. It is being given by Professor Ronald Hutton of Bristol University, who is one of the … Continue reading

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Records and Rebels at the V&A

Thanks to meeting some lovely people at the Speaker’s House in Parliament on Wednesday night (more of that some other time) I got to spend yesterday afternoon as a guest at the Victoria & Albert Museum. I was there to … Continue reading

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Michael Dillon, the Autobiography

The autobiography of the pioneering trans man, Michael Dillon, mailed to his publisher shortly before his death in 1962, has finally been published this month. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy, and my review of the book … Continue reading

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Pirates of Bristol – #Piracity

The fabulous Eugene Byrne has done an short essay for the Piracity crowdfunding campaign about Bristol’s connection to pirates. There really are quite a lot of them. You can read his essay here.

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Talk Like An Egyptian

I spent the afternoon in Bristol so that I could attend the Egyptian Stories event at Bristol Museum. While it was billed as being in the Egyptian gallery, that clearly wasn’t going to happen because there are too many display … Continue reading

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The OutStories Bristol AGM

I spent Saturday in Bristol for the OutStories Bristol Annual General Meeting. The official business was done very quickly because I have been taught how to run a meeting by the brilliant Mr. Standlee. This allowed us to get on … Continue reading

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Bristol Festival of Literature Events

The full publicity for my two events at the Bristol Festival of Literature is now out. The “Stories of Strong Women” panel only exists as a Facebook event. You can find that here. Apparently we have 85 people going already, … Continue reading

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YA and Gender Conference, Italy 2017

Hello academic pals. Here is a conference that you may be interested in. It is called Literature, Translation, and Mediation by and for Children: Gender, Diversity, and Stereotype, and it will take place at the University of Bologna at Forlì … Continue reading

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On the LGBT Trail in the British Museum

Last Friday I had a day in London which I spent mainly doing research in the British Museum. Part of that involved following up items in R.B. Parkinson’s fine book, A Little Gay History. However, I found that several of … Continue reading

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Real Gods of Egypt

The Pharaonic period of Egypt lasted for about 3000 years. During that time, much can change. It is therefore impossible to propose a definitive form for Egyptian religion. To do so would make as much sense as to say that … Continue reading

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Well That Went Well

The nice LGBT police people seemed to enjoy my talk. It was great to catch up with Surat Shaan Knan and see the new pop-up version of the Twilight People exhibition. There were at least two trans people (serving police … Continue reading

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