Kent’s hidden LGBTQIA+ film heritage to be uncovered by University of Brighton SASE project

University of Brighton’s Screen Archive South East has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to highlight the region’s LGBTIQA+ film heritage.


Entitled Our Screen Heritage, the new £130,000 project will be developed by Screen Archive South East (SASE) – part of the University’s School of Art and Media – in collaboration with Queer Heritage South, Folkestone Pride and Margate Pride, and aims to discover, preserve and share LGBTQIA+ films made in Kent and the South East.


LGBTQIA+ screen heritage has not been collected systematically by public institutions because of a long history of repression. The Screen Archive South East project will address this lack in cultural visual history through a public call for films that capture different aspects of LGBTQIA+ life in the region – from everyday scenes to special events such as Pride festivals or LGBTQIA+ weddings


The project runs throughout 2022, with volunteers at the heart of its work as Community Curators. They will learn about heritage issues and practices, and the nature of LGBTQIA+ heritage, as well as helping with the curation of films for preservation and exhibition.


As well as seeking out previously unseen films, Our Screen Heritage will produce innovative  ‘heritage film’ programmes to be shared in a set of free public events in Folkestone and Margate in the early autumn of 2022, including the Folkestone and Margate Pride festivals. Screen Archive South East will also take on the responsibility for the preservation of new films, and make them available for free community use.


Dr Frank Gray, Director of Screen Archive South East, said: “Preservation is at the heart of all archives. This is particularly important for screen archives as an essential aspect of cultural history. So much of our screen heritage is at risk of being lost forever for a host of reasons, from the disappearance of film and videotape as media to the way people sometimes wipe digital files. Our Screen Heritage provides a wonderful opportunity to uncover, safeguard and share an overlooked history of film-making in the region.”


To stay up to date with the project, please visit:


If you’d like to become a project volunteer contact either Folkestone Pride or Margate Pride:


If you have a film you’d like to donate to SASE, contact:

Telephone: 01273 643 213