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Pride in Suffolk’s Past

Pride in Suffolk’s Past focuses on the often hidden history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming people in Suffolk.  Due to legal and social repression, these stories have been all too often unknown.  Often people think this is a new phenomenon, but the stories in the archives show that LGBT+ people have existed in Suffolk for a long time. It also aims to capture the oral history of LGBT+ people in Suffolk today, so future generations can understand their experiences, and how things have changed over time.

Pride in Suffolk’s Past is a Sharing Suffolk Stories project which supports Suffolk’s LGBTQ+ community to share their stories, past and present.

This display has been put together by Sally, Grace and Charlie, three trainees from the Suffolk Museums ‘Transforming People to Transform Museums’ programme, whilst on a placement working with the team from Suffolk Archives. Below we’ve explained what drew us to the stories you are about to read, and why we’ve chosen to share them.

As well as the lives of people that have been discovered in the archives, we’ve also included contemporary stories of people living in Suffolk today, which have been collected as part of this project. If you would like to contribute your story to this project, we would love to hear from you through our online survey.

Use the next arrows at the bottom of the page to navigate through.

For support and guidance visit our LGBTQ+ information services page

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