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UK’s first queer museum set to open

  • May 5, 2022
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UK’s first queer museum set to open

On the 5th of May, the nation’s first museum dedicated to LGBTQ+ opens its doors. Queer Britain on 2 Granary Square is the culmination of a charity called Queer Britain which was founded in 2018 with the aim of opening the country’s first ever queer history museum.

Following a four year search for a suitable site, Queer Britain is open on the site leased to the museum by the national arts charity Art Fund. The museum promises to be an “inclusive and free-entry space,” welcome to everyone regardless of sexuality or gender identity. It celebrates “the stories, people and places that are intrinsic to queer community in the UK and beyond.”

The museum’s inaugural display  was moulded by Historic Royal Palaces curator and queer history specialist Matthew Storey. “Welcome to Queer Britain” is a small, temporary collection of photos and artefacts from the ever growing museum archive. They will be on display beside works by Sadie Lee and Paul Harfleet, the two top entrants into Queer Britain’s inaugural Madame Prize. This is an award on the theme of Queer Creativity. The exhibition will be open for eight weeks as an introduction to the charity and its mission as the team prepares the first full-scale exhibition for a summer opening.  

The museum will also be wheelchair accessible and entry is free, like most museums in the country.

“It’s incredibly important for us to show the breadth of the LGBTQ+ community as well as its intersections,” Joseph Galliano, museum’s director says. “The queer community is nothing when it doesn’t include trans, non-binary, POC, disabled or older siblings. Intersectionality and inclusivity have been and always will be at the heart of queer Britain.”

Image: Teddy Osterblom

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