Rural Queer Lives in Berkshire Criminal Archives 1861-1967
The Broken Futures project was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2019 and seeks to explore the history of ‘ordinary’ men in Berkshire who were charged with buggery/indecent assault/gross indecency between 1861-1967 by training community volunteers in archival and genealogical research. The project is managed and delivered by Support U, the LGBT+ support and wellbeing charity in the Thames Valley. To find out more through our larger museum exhibition, seminar series, walking tour or toolkit, visit the Broken Futures website.
This exhibition outlines the legal history surrounding sex between men and how these developments affected the rural county of Berkshire. This project diversifies the traditional narratives that are preserved within archives and museums. This is the first time this research has been completed so extensively in Berkshire, and we invite you to find out more by clicking the images below.
Please be aware that this exhibition contains historical terminology used to describe LGBT+ people in the past. This terminology may be offensive or upsetting to some readers.
The Broken Futures team are interested to know your thoughts on this exhibition, and the project in general, so please do fill out our feedback form on the Broken Futures website.