Introducing OTP19 Festival Hub Partner: Liverpool



The Museum of Liverpoool are delighted to be hosting Outing the Past the Festival of LGBT History for the third year running.

Opened in 2011, the Museum of Liverpool explores the city’s diverse history in our fantastic waterfront venue. Part of National Museums Liverpool (NML), a group of museums across Merseyside, we have an established track record of working in partnership with our local LGBT+ community and organisations. One of our current temporary exhibitions, Tales from the city, reveals for the first time the story of Liverpool’s LGBT+ history from 1967 (to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality). The exhibition uses personal stories alongside powerful objects to reveal devastating cases of discrimination and prejudice but also examples of self-determination, resilience and creativity.


Previous LGBT+ exhibitions and displays include ‘April Ashley: portrait of a lady’, ‘Ken. To be destroyed’, ‘Dry Your Eyes Princess’, ‘Alternative Miss Liverpool dress’, ‘There’s No Place Like Garlands!’ And ‘Savage Style – costumes from Lily’s Wardrobe’. Our research project, Pride and Prejudice: bringing stories out of the closet, funded by the Esme Fairbairn Collections Fund, has helped us to identify, research and publish online items in our collections with an LGBT+ connection. A trail around the Museum highlights some of these items. NML staff are currently gearing up for Liverpool Pride in July. Last year was the first in which we officially marched, in historic outfits of course!

For Outing the Past February 2019 we will be taking over the whole of the Museum. There will be talks in our large education room on the first floor, a marketplace showcasing the work of local LGBT+ groups, charities and organisations, fun themed craft activities for children and their grown ups, and entertainment popping up in unusual places. This will also be one of the ‘last chances to see’ Tales from the city exhibition (which closes in March 2019), so special tours and drag story telling will be just some of the highlights.

Information about how to get to the museum can be found here



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Hope to see you in 2019, if not before!
Kay Jones
Curator of Urban Community History
Museum of Liverpool – Urban History
National Museums Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head,
Liverpool Waterfront
L3 1DG
Tel: 0151 478 4409

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