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LGBTQ+ History Month: An Anglo-American Love Story

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


This online talk, in partnership with M Shed and OutStories Bristol, will explore the story of a remarkable gay couple, and the museum they founded – the American Museum & Gardens.

Dallas Pratt was the grandson of a US oil magnate. He had a thirst for learning and access to a vast fortune. John Judkyn was a middle-class Midlander, furniture restorer and antique dealer with impeccable taste. From their chance meeting in 1937, until Judkyn’s tragic early death, their love and lives embodied a passion for collecting which inspired them to create the American Museum in Britain at Claverton Manor near Bath.

This extraordinary but little-known story continues today as the Museum passes its 60th anniversary.

Speaker: Andrew Foyle is a historian specialising in Bristol’s history, and a member of OutStories Bristol. Andrew co-curated Revealing Stories, Bristol’s first exhibition of LGBTQ+ history at M Shed in 2013. The talk is a collaboration between the American Museum & Gardens, M Shed and OutStories Bristol.


How to take part:

This free online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place by clicking here.

Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings will close at 2pm on Wednesday 16 February.