Broken Futures:
Research Hub

Broken Futures Exhibition: Inclusion in the Archive

MERL Exhibition

Online Seminar Series

Walking Tour of Reading’s Queer Past


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The Broken Futures Project is a community-based research project that has trained volunteers over the past year in archival and genealogical research to locate historical individuals accused of Gross Indecency, Buggery and Indecent Assaults between 1861-1967 in Berkshire. The project is delivered by Support U, the LGBT+ support and wellbeing charity in the Thames Valley and was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2019 to investigate sex between men in criminal archival records. The team is made up of Amy and George.

Our History Group, with the generosity of over 15 community volunteers have spent over 165 hours since Feb 2020 recovering this history from criminal records held at the Berkshire Record Office, and during the COVID pandemic, remotely. We have numerous resources, online museum exhibitions, a seminar series and a toolkit with helpful information about the research approach and findings.


hear from those involved

LGBT+ Research Club - Volunteer

The research club is fascinating – I liked trawling through old records and imagining people’s lives 120 years ago.

A Queer Walk Around Reading - Event Attendee
29th Feb 2020

This research is so important to let people know diversity has always existed in society; this would mean that people, now, would feel more comfortable and safe to ‘come out’, without the fear of rejection.