OUR SCREEN HERITAGE
Celebrating, Preserving and Sharing the LGBTQIA+ film heritage of Kent and the South East
Screen Archive South East (SASE), in partnership with Queer Heritage South, devised this project for the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It is dedicated to working with two LGBTQIA+ organisations in the South East – Folkestone Pride and Margate Pride – so that together we can collect, curate and exhibit films/moving images related to the life of our LGBTQIA+ communities. This new collection will be preserved, digitised and catalogued and be made freely available to us all to see.
Our Screen Heritage has been shaped by two activities.
The first was the creation of a team of volunteers.
They became our Volunteer Curators and thanks to our partners Queer Heritage South, they were introduced to heritage issues, the work of archives and the importance of having an intersectional approach in this work.
The second activity was our call for new films to use and preserve.
And our door was wide open – we encouraged submission about all aspects of LGBTQIA+ life in the region. This was bolstered by the work of our Pride and volunteer teams, who have spent hours in their own communities collecting and recording new footage, ensuring that these stories are preserved as part of the collection. They also spent time looking at the Screen Archive’s collection and from this they began to shape ideas and material for their public programme in Margate.
Now in the final phase of the project the search for film continues. For those interested, further opportunities for volunteering with the project will advertised soon.
SUBMIT A FILM
COLLECTING AND PRESERVING OUR SCREEN HERITAGE
What has shaped the design of this project is the awareness that UK LGBTQIA+ screen heritage has not been systematically collected by public institutions because of the long history of LGBTQIA+ repression.
This project addresses this uncomfortable history by making a public call for films that capture different aspects of LGBTQIA+ life in Kent and the South East. These may feature people, places, everyday scenes and special events such as Pride celebrations and LGBTQIA+ weddings.
SASE will take on the responsibility to preserve these new films and make them available for free community use both now and in the future. Preservation is essential as our screen heritage is at high risk of being lost forever given the near obsolescence of film and videotape and the easy disposability and fragility of video files.
Do you have films that we can preserve and use within our project?
Please contact SASE if you’d like to donate a film to the archive and have it used within Our Screen Heritage.
For more information about Donating & Depositing films please visit the SASE website where you will find instructions on how to upload your films via WeTransfer or submit a pre-deposit enquiry. Please also read SASE’s statement on copyright, data protection and equalities.
Screen Archive South East
at the University of Brighton
Screen Archive South East (SASE) is a publicly-funded regional film archive operating in and for the South East of England. Established in 1992 by the University of Brighton, the British Film Institute and a consortium of local authorities as a publicly-funded regional film archive, SASE is dedicated to collecting, preserving, digitising, cataloguing and providing public and commercial access to its screen collection. It serves the east of the South East (the local authorities of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, Kent, Medway, Surrey and West Sussex) and is funded regularly by the BFI and the county councils of Kent and West Sussex. In 2009 it was recognised by the BFI as a significant UK film collection.
SASE’s collection of over 25,000 lantern slides and moving images document the rise of screen culture in the region and the nation. The records capture many varied aspects of everyday life, work and creativity from the 19th to the 21st centuries and serve as a rich and invaluable historical resource. It features publicity material documenting the history of the seaside towns, rural films chronicling village and agricultural life (including May Fairs, harvesting and hop picking), family films (e.g. weddings, birthdays & holidays) and commemorations & celebrations initiated by Jubilees, Coronations, the end of the Second World War and the Festival of Britain.
SASE, together with its parent organisation the University of Brighton, pursues a public and community engagement strategy that aims to increase awareness and understanding of screen heritage (preservation, access and education), reflect our values (inclusivity, research, creativity, partnership and sustainability).
Visit SASE website
Queer Heritage South
Queer Heritage South (QHS), an LGBTQIA+ heritage organisation in Brighton that is developing an LGBTQIA+ heritage network for the region. It has been involved in this project from the outset, shaping the project’s intersectional approach to inclusivity and developing its character, objectives and activities.
QHS has been delivering LGBTQIA+ heritage projects since 2012 with outcomes that include outdoor exhibitions, oral history collections, podcast production and developing a new digital platform with University of Sussex. QHS was a key delivery partner on Queer the Pier, the new partnership exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery that was curated by thirty members of the city’s LGBTQIA+ community.
For Our Screen Heritage, QHS will organise and deliver its Heritage Club & training programme in Folkestone and Margate and work with our local partners to attract and support our team of volunteers.
Folkestone Pride is an LGBTQIA+ led community organisation that organises Folkestone’s annual town-wide Pride Festival as well as events throughout the year.
It seeks to promote tolerance, inclusion and community, whilst also acknowledging and celebrating diversity. Its summer parade is its biggest event – in 2019 there were over 1,000 people in attendance. In addition, it provides safe spaces for people to meet, socialise, and learn. It is proactively involved in raising awareness, educating, and advising on issues that face this community.
Folkestone Pride has received Creative Foundation Festivals Funding for three consecutive years, as well as securing regional & commercial funding for Pride events & outreach work. It has commissioned multiple film & performance-to-camera works for exhibitions & events and produced Queer Folkestone, a video interview series made for social media, documenting queer experiences in Folkestone.
Margate Pride CIC is a culture and arts-led pride, that celebrates LGBTQIA+ life and provides a platform to continue the fight for equality and to challenge prejudice. It was set up in 2016 and its annual activities are organised by a team of year-round volunteers.
For Pride it presents a week-long queer culture and arts-festival leading up to Pride weekend as well as year-round activities. Its arts programme provides a platform for celebrating and nurturing LGBTQIA+ artists. Margate Pride’s Art Week has previously received funding from the Arts Council and the Kent Community Foundation.
The team that leads Margate Pride has extensive experience working in the arts and heritage sectors as well as grass roots organisations. It has funded artists to create floats for the Pride parade, curated exhibitions and programmed events for its ‘Art Week’ and commissioned films that capture the Parade since its inception. It was one of the Curators for the Turner Contemporary Open in 2021.