Preserving stories of LGBTQI+ refugees in Scotland for future generations


What are archives? Why should I tell my story? My story isn’t very interesting, who would want to hear it?

If you identify as LGBTQI+ and have experienced the UK’s asylum system/displacement/migration, we want to hear from you! Come along to our workshop on World Refugee Day. Meet OurStory Scotland, who support LGBTQI+ people in Scotland to share their stories. Discover oral history, mapping and storytelling techniques. Take part in a group oral history interview and be part of Scotland’s vibrant LGBT history! Preserving this history will ensure a legacy for generations to come, keeping our stories alive.

This half-day event will take place as part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2024, in partnership with Scottish Refugee Council, Scottish Council on Archives and OurStory Scotland.

The Scottish Council on Archives is Scotland’s leading advocacy and development organisation for archive and records management services in Scotland and we want to empower people to take ownership of their own stories and be part of a sustainable archive of the future.

Queer lives are too often hidden in the archives, and for the past 20 years the LGBTQ+ community archive, OurStory Scotland have rescued the evidence of our lives, ensuring our stories are recognised as an integral part of a diverse Scotland. Interviews recorded as part of the OurStory Scotland Collection are in the process of being preserved and made accessible at the National Library of Scotland.

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Free event, all welcome! Travel expenses will be covered by those who need it.