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Lgbt In Museums

UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY, SOME OF THE NATION’S FOREMOST CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS ARE WORKING TO RAISE THE PROFILE OF LGBT HISTORY
Never going underground: LGBT+ history on display at Manchester’s People’s History Museum

National Treasures

Along the great stone corridors, Romanesque courts and octagonal towers of Britain’s national museums sit priceless treasures exhibited for the public’s viewing pleasure. Visitors pass by, idly leafing through the pages of their guidebooks; not noticing, perhaps, the image of two men entwined on a Roman silver cup, same-sex slogans scrawled in bubble writing across colour-pop badges, or acts of autofellatio etched on funeral papyrus.

Queer narratives have always been present in history, just as museums have been preserved as valuable educational resources for centuries. Yet the visibility of LGBT stories remains to this day a surprising sticking point in the detailed histories chronicled by some of our much-loved cultural institutions. Tales of same-sex love have remained largely camouflaged, despite being displayed in plain sight; love stories passed over by dominant heteronormative agendas. Beautiful objets d’arts, and their fascinating human connections have been left untapped. That is, until now.

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