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Teenage History Club

Every Friday during term time, 4–6pm. Hosted at Ancient House Museum, Thetford. For ages 12 to 25.

Explore history and museum related activities such as filmmaking, curating and costumed events.

Projects are decided by the group – in the past, we have created a First World War Murder Mystery, an exhibition exploring LGBTQ+ history and an escape room.

How to join

Email kickthedust@norfolk.gov.uk to join the group or to find out more about Kick the Dust.

Past project: Helping History out of the Closet

In December 2016, while working on another project, we came across the fact that homosexuality was illegal until 1967. We were shocked and wanted to find out more. This kicked off our most ambitious project so far – an exploration of local LGBTQI+ history. This project is particularly important to our group, as some of us identify as queer.

We undertook new research and were able to uncover little-known stories of Norfolk people, including Princess Catherine Duleep Singh, Justin Fashanu and The Tailor of Diss. We decided to share our discoveries with the public with a range of different activities, including exhibitions, tours, stand-up comedy, an escape room, social media, family events, a film, and speaking at conferences, including the Museum Association Conference in 2019.

We particularly enjoyed our #THCPrideOnTour activities – we showed up at other museums, including Norwich Castle and Lynn Museum, with our rainbow and unicorn stationery, put on our metaphorical queer spectacles to find queer objects already on display, and then delivered a tour highlighting them in the afternoon. Plus we took a touring version of our exhibition to London Pride and two other Pride events in 2019 – it was amazing.

We are proud that our project has received praise from Dr Richard Sandell from the University of Leicester and Dan Vo, who helped introduce The Victoria and Albert Museum LGBTQ Tour.

Why we use queer

We recognise that some people are uncomfortable with using the word queer, so we'll explain why we decided to use it:

  • It is powerful to reclaim a term once used in a derogatory manner and make it a term of pride
  • It is an inclusive term for all members of the LGBTQI+ community and avoids the need for a long acronym such as LGBTQQIAAP, which still excludes some
  • It recognises the fluid nature of sexuality and gender identity
  • It enables those who are questioning or exploring their sexuality to do so without feeling confined or the need to label themselves prematurely
  • It is non-binary – it can be applied equally to all genders
  • It is a unifying term for the whole community

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Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund