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Outing the Past Webinar

February 2, 20213:00 pmFebruary 18, 2021 12:29 pmLeave a Comment

We are excited to announce that Suffolk Archives is taking part in

OUTing the Past, The Festival of LGBT History 2021

for the first time this year.

Suffolk Archives has developed a countywide programme of activities to engage more people than ever before with Suffolk’s archival heritage. One of the largest initiatives is ‘Sharing Suffolk Stories’, a range of projects which supports 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.

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, one ‘Sharing Suffolk Stories’ project is called ‘Pride in Suffolk’s Past’. The 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, our new heritage and archive centre on the Ipswich Waterfront, in conjunction with the University of Suffolk. The exhibition will run through to the end of June 2021 and will also be supported with a range of activities and events for a whole range of audiences.

Suffolk Archives have been accepted as a festival hub for OUTing the Past, The Festival of LGBT+ History.  Throughout the year, OUTing the Past celebrates our past, preserve our present and look towards our future. OUTing The Past has featured speakers from all over the world – showcasing the depth and breadth of our community. The culmination of their work occurs in February: the UK’s LGBT History Month and during this time hubs host events across the country which are all free to attend. The festival conference and gathering takes place in March and represents a chance for LGBT+ academics to showcase their research and collaborate with others.

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 enough to secure the following four prestigious speakers:

Sue Sanders: Co-founder of LGBT+ History Month ‘The History Of LGBT history month’

Sue Sanders (not Saunders) is Chair of charity Schools OUT UK. LGBT+ History Month was co-founded by her and Paul Patrick in 2004. A couple of years later she gave birth to The Classroom, the website that Usualises LGBT issues and people across the curriculum for all ages, it currently has over 80 lesson plans and growing, now in partnership with the Proud Trust.

She trained as a drama teacher and has taught in schools and universities in the UK and Australia. She has run theatres, directed plays, published work on equalities, assertiveness, tackling homophobia as well as poetry and short stories. She has delivered a multitude of trainings on equality, diversity, LGBT awareness etc to schools, local authorities, universities, the Criminal Justice system, unions etc.

Sue was instrumental in setting up the first LGBT Independent Advisory Group to Scotland Yard in 2000. She has served on many advisory boards in the criminal justice system raising LGBT issues as well as ensuring there is an understanding of the inter-relation of all the discriminated groups.

Sue has been the recipient of many awards over the years, In February 2015 she received an Emeritus Professorship from the Harvey Milk School, and in 2019 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement awards from the Rainbow Honours Board.

Trudy Howdon: LGBT+ Poet Laureate ‘An LGBT Life. How it was. How it is’

I’m the UK’s current inaugural LGBT+ Poet Laureate. I write poetry that explores the internal and external landscape of our Fabulousa Community.

As a Feminist & Political Activist, I’m honoured to have a job that gives me the opportunity to encourage an open- hearted discourse on issues concerning Equality. Diversity and Gender.

I believe that poetry can be used as a catalyst for social and political change. I work with NHS Trusts, Mind, ELOP and many grass root organizations to improve the quality of our Community’s life.

Amnesty International. Stonewall. Hate Crime UK. The Metropolitan Police and London and Regional Councils employ my poetry to highlight and address stigma and prejudice, influence policy and promote individual Campaigns.

I’ve written the theme poem for London and many of the UK Prides. I was previously an actress, so I love performing, and do so regularly in W.E. Residencies, Clubs, Pubs, Conferences, Museums, Galleries, on buses, boats and fields all over the UK, Europe and SE Asia.

I’ve guested on SKY TV.  BBC. CH4, Numerous videos, and on local and network Radio.

The British Library recently archived my poetry for posterity.

Dr Clifford Williams: ‘Courage to be: Organised Gay Youth in England 1970-1990.’

Author Dr. CLIFFORD WILLIAMS studied History and Anthropology at the University

of London, Criminology at the University of Cambridge, and has a PhD from the

University of Bradford.

He is the author of numerous articles and books.Recent publications include A history of Women policing Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 1915-2016, The Unsolved Murder of Vera Glasspool and a Queer A-Z of Hampshire.

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 here

Pride in Suffolk’s Past – Suffolk Archives

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Written by Mandy Rawlins - Modified by Jennie Hutchinson

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