OUTing the Past 2018 Festival Programme: Manchester

In preparation for the National Festival, the OUTing the Past 2018 Festival Partners have set their official programmes, now ready to be shared with the public!

Without further ado, Manchester.


Stephen Hornby (17:00-17:30)
Playing with The Past: Quick History Festival Theatre

This is a presentation on LGBT HM’s Festival Theatre to date.  It covers the process of creating the first four pieces of festival theatre: “A Very Victorian Scandal”, “Mister Stokes: The Man-Woman of Manchester”, “The Burnley Buggers’ Ball” and “Burnley’s Lesbian Liberator”.  There will be clips from the films of each play, an account of the historical source material used and the process of dramatisation, along with some thoughts on the dilemmas the work to date has wrestled with.


Steve Slack (17:45-18:10)
Edward Carpenter – His LGBT+ Legacy

Edward Carpenter is not as widely known about as he should be. His writings on LGBT+ issues, the life he lead as a lover of other men and his influence on modern day LGBT+ rights need to be recognised and celebrated. Here in Sheffield we are raising funds to have a public piece of art produced in his name. This is his story and the story of our journey to get him more widely recognised.

Christine Burns (18:30-19:00)
Documenting Trans Britain’s History

The history of trans people in Britain has not been told in an ordered, coherent way until very recently. The project to publish Trans Britain aims to kickstart a conversation about gathering more before the witnesses pass away.


Hilary McCollum (19:10-20:00)
Sapphic Suffragettes: The key role of lesbians in the fight for Votes for Women

One hundred years on from the first granting of the vote in Britain, this presentation will highlight the key role of lesbians and bi women in the fight for women’s citizenship. It will explore the evidence that a number of the women leading the campaign for women’s suffrage were lesbians/had relationships with other women. These women include Commander-in-Chief Christabel Pankhurst; Chief Organisers Annie Kenney, Grace Roe and Olive Bartels; and leading militants Emily Wilding Davison, Mary Leigh and Lilian Lenton. It will also consider how concerns about such relationships fuelled the split in 1907, which gave rise to the Women’s Freedom League. Whilst there has been some recognition of sexual relationships between women within the movement, the extent of such relationships among the WSPU’s (Women’s Social and Political Union) leading figures is underexplored.


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