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Pride in Suffolk’s Past: Sharing LGBTQ+ stories past and present

The exhibition was held at The Hold from 17th May – 4th July 2021

Pride in Suffolk’s Past explores the hidden histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming people in Suffolk’s past. Due to legal and social repression these stories have all too often gone untold. Through original documents found in Suffolk Archives and local collections, these experiences can now be shared for future generations to understand how things have changed over time, and what work is still to be done.

Alongside contributions shared by the LGBTQ+ community in Suffolk today and discussion pieces, Pride in Suffolk’s Past presents the experiences of Suffolk residents through a period of significant change in attitudes towards sexuality and gender identity.

View the online exhibition here!

You can order the Pride in Suffolk’s Past book online here

DanceEast and Suffolk Archives present

an opportunity to voice and share your lived experiences through movement.

As part of The Hold’s Pride in Suffolk’s Past project, MOVE | TALK | PRIDE will give participants an opportunity to develop and explore their understanding of the hidden histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming people, in Suffolk’s past and present.


Join Dance Artist Stuart Waters and Videographer Rosie Powell in a creative process guided by you. The project will be led by movement and conversations – providing a safe virtual space to explore your inner creativity and share your own experiences. The aim is to encourage integration and a positive shift in attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community – with movement offering a powerful tool for your voice to be heard, supported by discussions to inspire creativity and new methods of personal expression.

The workshops will involve facilitated conversations via Zoom, where you can meet other participants, listen, share, build connections and explore the topics of discussion further through movement. Stuart will support you in co-creating your contributions, to help you discover your own unique way of telling your story. Following the workshops there will be an opportunity to be part of the MOVE | TALK | PRIDE film – which will be shared as part of The Hold’s Pride in Suffolk’s Past exhibition.

For full details of how to get involved click here

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