Jacksons Lane has received a grant for £65,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards Haringey Has Pride, an exciting new project which will celebrate LGBTQ heritage and activism in the borough of Haringey throughout the 1980s.


The borough of Haringey has played an active role in fighting for LGBTQ rights. By highlighting this, Haringey Has Pride aims to educate and enlighten people about the rich history of the LGBTQ community in Haringey, with a particular aim to engage those who identify as LGBTQ.


Haringey Has Pride, which is also supported by Haringey Council, will look to create a positive impact within Haringey communities by exploring the borough’s LGBTQ heritage and recreating key moments of LGBTQ community heritage in North London. These will include activities such as producing a play, participating in interactive exhibitions and working in community spaces across the borough to run workshops.


The National Lottery grant will be used to create three Heritage instalments that will focus on learning about Haringey’s 1980s Pride festival, remembering the ’80s and reflecting on how society has changed, and the timeline of LGBTQ history in Haringey. The project will run for 12 months from May 2018 and will invite participation from young people and community groups of all ages.


Jacksons Lane will work closely on this project with Haringey partner organisations including Wise Thoughts, Alexandra Palace, Opening Doors London, Chocolate Films and Homes for Haringey.


Niranjan Kamatkar, Artistic Director of Wise Thoughts, said:


‘It feels like the right time to put the heritage and long-term contributions made by the diverse BAME and LGBTQI+ people of Haringey on the map. I am really excited that the Haringey Has Pride project has a number of opportunities and a great potential to do just that. I hope that the partnership between Wise Thoughts, who have over two decades’ track record of working with local LGBTQI+ people, with Jacksons Lane and other key local partners is going to be both a fantastic prospect and a rewarding process.’


Anyone who has an interest in or can help build awareness of the LGBTQ community as part of this project should contact Jacksons Lane