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Abingdon Studios, with the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, has been creating the first permanent collection of LGBTQIA+ heritage in Blackpool.

The ‘We’re Still Here’ project, led by Abingdon Studios director Garth Gratrix and producer and artist Harry Clayton-Wright, captured stories from members of the community. These stories are now available on this page as part of our permanent collection.

Listen to the collection:

Watch the film:

The exhibition:

As part of the We’re Still Here… project we invited photographer Stuart Linden Rhodes to exhibit some of his images from Blackpool’s gay scene in the 90’s outside the Grundy Art Gallery. You can view the exhibition until 11 June.

Complete the survey:

We’re continuing to think about how we capture queer stories and heritage in the future and to help us, we’d like to hear from you about what kinds of materials, events or activities you would be interested in. Please complete our short survey here.