The GIRES Archive at Surrey History Centre

The A Legacy of Kindness Project proudly announces the launch of a new GIRES archive page at the wonderful Surrey History Centre:

In 2012, GIRES placed records of their pioneering work with Surrey History Centre in Woking, see Surrey History Centre reference 9174. The collection spans the remit of GIRES work in the trans information support field and includes minutes of meetings, annual reports and accounts, newsletters, publications, member events and an e-learning resource.  There is a full set of guidance publications produced for the NHS, plus other published information produced in collaboration with South East Coast Ambulance Service, Surrey Police, and the Home Office. Preserving these records ensures that evidence of GIRES’ pioneering work is recorded for posterity.  The collection can be freely studied at Surrey History Centre.

The GIRES archive demonstrates how, for more than 25 years, the charity has upheld the rights of all those who do not fit the typical boy/girl, man/woman tick boxes.

Read on and explore (clickable link): Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) (

GIRES reports for the National Health Service (Surrey History Centre reference 9174/-)








WATCH Di Stiff (she/her) talk (BSL, subtitled) about the GIRES collection at Surrey History Centre, and why it is important to be an LGBT+ ally.


With Many Thanks to Ms Di Stiff, Collections Development Archivist, Surrey History Centre, and Team.


Di Stiff, Surrey Heritage’s Collections Development Archivist, shows the GIRES archive to Coran Foddering, filmmaker for the Legacy of Kindness project, December 2022
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