A StoneCrabs Theatre Company Project

Oral Histories Podcast


We contacted Museum and Heritage Educator, Lisa Kerley and she gave a fascinating training session to the Out On An Island team who are LGBTQ+ or allies. 

We put out an open invitation to anyone who identified as LGBTQ+ and who had an Isle of Wight connection to sit with an interviewer and to share their stories in their own words, anonymously if they preferred. This kind of interview invites the interviewee to talk freely without interruption, comment or judgment where possible to let a natural story unfold. It provides a valuable first hand account of lived experiences.

Latest Podcasts

Sydney Cardew

Sydney is a trans lesbian who was born in 1987 and grew up in the small village of Rookley on the Isle of Wight. She tries to make ends meet

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Rosa MacCormack

Rosa is a lesbian who has lived on the Island since 2003. She has found that activities and events for lesbians here are few but the groups that do meet

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Robin Ford

Robin was inspired to share his story and contacted us after coming along to a talk featuring Peter Tatchell and hosted by Out On An Island at Quay Arts in

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Robert Jones

Robert was born on the Isle of Wight in November 1950. He identifies as a gay man and has lived on the Island all his life.  After working in shops,

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Michelle Norcott

Listen to the story of Michelle, a trans woman who decided to come out and transition when she was 60. Her connection to the Island goes back many years, from

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Melissa Gilmore

Melissa is a non-binary person who identifies as queer and bisexual. They  moved to the Island in 1998 and in 2008 left for University in Bath. They are a key

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Lucy Benton

Discover what it was like to move to the Isle of Wight in 1997 for Lucy, a trans woman who was born in Birmingham. She used to visit her family

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Karl Stedman

Listen to the story of  full time artist Karl, a gay man who was born in North Yorkshire.  He and his husband moved to the Island in 2007 buying a

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Karl Love

Karl is a gay man from Yorkshire who moved to the Island in 1992 with his partner, now husband, David. He got a job here as a Young Person’s Outreach

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Karen Wright

Karen came to the Isle of Wight when she was 6 months old and spent her childhood here. Sociable, outgoing and active, she loves living on the Island and says

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Jude Ashley-Walker

Jude is a lesbian who was born in London. She describes feelings of gender dysphoria when she was a child. Jude was the Isle of Wight representative for Kenric, a

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Julian Clarke

Julian is a trans man who was born on the island and has lived most of their life here. Their original ambition was to work in music production and he

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Jess is an Island raised queer woman born in 1991 and now living in the north of England. She frequently returns to visit the island and dreams of a world

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David Froud

David is an openly gay man who lived as a monk for seven years before moving to the Isle of Wight in 1975 where he met his first partner. He

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Caroline Diamond

‘Late onset lesbian’ Caroline was born in 1966 and came out aged 46. She moved to the Isle of Wight in 2000 due to her then husband’s job. She has

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Callum Murphy

Callum is a gay man who was born in 1990. He works for local government and has been a volunteer for Isle of Wight Pride. After moving to the mainland

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Listen to the story of a man who prefers to remain anonymous. He identifies as gay or queer and was born at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport, Isle of Wight

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The recordings will be preserved for future generations and archived at Wessex Film and Sound Archives in Winchester Home – Hampshire Archives Trust | Preserving Memories for the Future and Carisbrooke Castle Museum, Isle of Wight Carisbrooke Castle Museum | The only public museum in the UK founded by a member of the Royal Family