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OUTing the Past Festival

We are excited to announce that for the very first time, Suffolk Archives is taking part in:

OUTing the Past, The Festival of LGBT History 2021

As an OUTing the Past Hub for 2021, we will be hosting a FREE webinar on Thursday 18th February at 6pm and have been fortunate to secure four prestigious speakers:

  • Sue Sanders: Co-founder of LGBT+ History Month ‘The History Of LGBT history month’
  • Trudy Howdon: LGBT+ Poet Laureate ‘An LGBT Life. How it was. How it is’
  • Dr Clifford Williams: ‘Courage to be: Organised Gay Youth in England 1970-1990.’
  • Veronica McKenzie ‘Uncovering the histories of Black and Asian LGBTQ+ communities through the Haringey Vanguard project.’

We hope that this event will be engaging, enlightening and entertaining for you all and will provide an insight into the lives of both our past and present LGBT community. Book your FREE ticket now

Taking Pride in Suffolk’s Past

Suffolk Archives is participating in the OUTing the Past Festival as a result of the work done on an in depth project called Pride in Suffolk’s Past. which has developed as part of ‘Sharing Suffolk Stories’, a countywide programme of activities to engage more people than ever before with Suffolk’s archival heritage.

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the ‘Sharing Suffolk Stories’ initiative brings together a range of projects which support communities to explore more about the history of where they live, create their own responses to it through art, drama, exhibitions or digital media, and share their work as widely as possible.

The Pride in Suffolk’s Past project is two-fold; to explore and share the hidden stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in Suffolk, but also to collect contemporary stories of Suffolk’s LGBTQ+ Community, documenting people’s experiences through a period of monumental societal change towards sexuality and gender identity.

An enthusiastic group of volunteer researchers and community groups have been delving into the archives to discover stories about the experiences of ordinary people, as well as well-known local figures. To showcase these stories, and those which have been collected, we will be shortly be opening our ‘Pride in Suffolk’s Past’ exhibition at The Hold on the waterfront in Ipswich. The exhibition will open as soon as Covid-19 restrictions allow, and will run through to the end of June 2021. It will be supported with a range of activities and events for a whole range of audiences.

Find out more about the project: Pride in Suffolk’s Past – Suffolk Archives

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