Desire, love, identity exploring LGBTQ histories

This exhibition runs from Thu, 11th May 2017 to Sun, 15th Oct 2017. See all dates

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This exhibition has finished.

Cost: Free of Charge

This exhibition offers glimpses into LGBTQ histories, experiences and lives by examining objects from around the world, covering ancient civilisations right up to today.

The ways same-sex desire, love and gender diversity have been expressed culturally has varied significantly throughout history, and across the globe. From prominent figures of the classical world like the Roman emperor Hadrian and his lover Antinous to modern-day drag queens in Japan, this show presents stories that have often been overlooked or underrepresented.

This year marks 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act was passed, a law that partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. This moment in the movement for equality is charted in the display with campaign badges that show how the push for equality has changed over time. Coins, prints and small sculptures represent past, recent, and ongoing expressions of same-sex desire, love and identity.

A trail featuring objects in the permanent galleries that relate to LGBTQ histories will also accompany the exhibition.

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