Since 1981, the families we work with have always been central to INQUEST’s way of working. Now, we're reflecting on INQUEST's 40-year history fighting alongside bereaved families with a unique heritage project, Unlocking the Truth for 40 Years. 

Whether you’d like to take part in the #SoulsINQUEST photography project, donate memories and posters to the archive, or make a commemorative square or our banner, we are actively seeking families to participate in Unlocking the Truth for 40 Years. Here's how you can get involved.

To mark 40 years of family bereavement, voice and campaigning we will be creating a 40th commemorative banner. Families are invited to contribute a square to the quilt-style banner that will depict four decades of loss, grief and the fight for change. This banner will be exhibited as part of an exhibition this year, photographs of it will be archived and it will be taken to protests, such as the United Families and Friends Campaign annual rally.

Register to submit a square here.

And don't forget to download our Banner Participation Pack with helpful tips on how to make your square here.


Key dates

Date Information Details & booking

12 May 2023 - 11am-2:30pm

40th Anniversary Banner x SoulsINQUEST

We will be joined by the fabulous CraftA who will lead a banner making workshop.

Whether you've already been working on your square or are starting afresh, CraftA will be showing different techniques & approaches and will help you fix any crafting problems. CraftA will bring examples of different crafting techniques and other textiles projects as inspiration.

11am - 12pm: Exhibition viewing
12 - 1.30pm: Banner making workshop
1.30 - 2.30pm: Lunch

We will providing materials – fabric for squares, bits of material, thread, needles, etc. If you have already begun working on your square or received a participant pack, please bring those materials with you!

We are running the workshop at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning - which is hosting our SoulsINQUEST exhibition.

You are welcome to join us anytime from 11am and have a look at the exhibition or you can join later for the workshop at 12.

Register here.

5 June 2023 Deadline to submit your squares

"The soul of our loved one lives forever in our hearts and memories, which will never die."

- Marcia Rigg, Participant and Family Campaigner

#SoulsINQUEST is a digital photography project. Submit photographs, memories or a short (15-30 second) video about your loved one who has died at the hands of the state. Running alongside the physical SoulsINQUEST exhibition, these connected photograph projects are about taking control of your own stories and challenging the harmful and misleading public assertions made about your loved ones.

Each post will tell a personal story. Together, they will depict the scale of the issue.

We invite you to get creative and take a concept-style photograph that captures the soul of the person who has died or your experience of the death.

Have a look at the Aids Memorial Instagram for inspiration!

Key info

  • Contribute photographs and accompanying narrative/story from now
  • You don’t need to have been supported by INQUEST to engage in this project, this is for anyone who’s relative or friend has died in state-related settings (prison, police, mental health, immigration detention)

Photography tips

  • Each person will have their own post on Instagram to highlight their story. You can submit up to 5 photos.
  • Try to avoid the backs of people's heads unless it is meaningful to include (eg looking towards the distance).
  • Try to avoid tiny groups of people.
  • Big bright bold colours and objects work well on Instagram.
  • Peoples’ faces (make sure you have their permission) also work well.
  • Look at your photo and squint your eyes. The aim is for your photos to stand out even when your eyes are squinted!
  • Get creative!

Key dates

Date Information Details & booking
On going Send your photographs and/or video to [email protected].

Send us up to 5 photos and/or a short video.

We'll also need an accompanying narrative (200 words max). This will go in the caption alongside your photographs. It is an opportunity for you to give context to your images and capture the soul of the person who has died or your experience of the death.

May 2023 Launch of #SoulsINQUEST Instagram Follow us on Instagram to see the project
12 - 27 May 2023 SoulsINQUEST Exhibition opens at 198 Gallery Find out more here.
15 May - 3-6pm  SoulsINQUEST Family Day

Today, the gallery will be open exclusively to families. Come along to see the exhibition, reflect, mingle and hear from some of the participants involved in the project.

For more details and to register, click here.


As part of our 40th anniversary, we are asking families to share their experiences, memories and thoughts about INQUEST. Fill out our 40 Years response form to become part of the INQUEST archive.

To donate posters, campaign flyers and more to the archive, or for any other questions, email [email protected].