Rainbow City

Edinburgh Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender banner at the People's Story Museum.

Collections relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Edinburgh. These include oral histories, photos and material relating to identity, activism, the scene and individual histories.

Within the span of a single generation the lives of many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Edinburgh have been transformed beyond all recognition.  Our collections tell the story of  the lives of people affected by the dramatic  changes in social values and the law.

In 2004 the HLF gave a £100,000 grant to a joint venture with the Living Memory Association - the community-led ‘Remember When’ project.

Over 150 people from Edinburgh's LGBT communities - ranging in age from 18 to 80 - came together to share their experiences and create the archive of oral history interviews, photographs and memorabilia recording over half a century of LGBT life in Scotland's capital. This resulted in the exhibition, ‘Rainbow City, Stories from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Edinburgh’, at the City Art Centre, which ran from May to July 2006.

The collection consists of 350 objects, 200 photographs and 100 fully transcribed oral history interviews. The objects include items relating to identity, activism, the scene and individual histories.

They  include badges, tee shirts and banners for various Pride Marches, Section 28 and other campaigns; archives including minutes and promotional material for different groups and organisations.

Some of oral histories and photographs can be seen in the Remember When sections of the Living Memory Association website.
OurStory Scotland collects, archives and presents the life stories and experiences of the LGBT community in Scotland. View the OurStory Scotland website