Section 28 and its afterlives

To raise awareness about Section 28 and its legacies in the South West and mark the repeal of Section 28 in November 2023, this project:

  • conducted oral history interviews with LGBTQ+ people who lived through this period
  • ran a series of creative workshops with Dr Chloe Asker for members of the university’s LGBTQ+ community and allies
  • hosted events including a book club and a film screening
  • toured an exhibition of the material produced by the project’s activities and events

The project was led by Drs Helen Birkett, Chris Sandal-Wilson and Hannah Young.

The exhibiton was launched  in November 2023, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the repeal of Section 28 in November 2023.

First located in in the Forum at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus the exhibition has been on the move ever since, including to the Positive Light Projects on Sidwell Street in Exeter, the Intercom Community Centre in Exeter and Exmouth Library. It has also been to Penryn, Torbay, and Exeter Pride.

If you’d like to host the exhibition, please get in touch – we are happy to loan copies of the exhibition without charge.

The project is supported by Alumni Annual Fund, the AHRC Impact Accelerator Account, the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and a National Lottery Heritage Award.

For more about the project, visit its webpages.