Introducing OUTing the Past 2018 Festival Hub Partner: British Museum

To better acquaint the public with the organisations participating in OUTing the Past 2018, Festival Hub partners have been generously offering insight to their backgrounds and histories. In light of their upcoming OUTing the Past 2018 celebration, the British Museum had this to say:


The British Museum was founded in 1753, and it is the first national public museum in the world. In 2017 the Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories exhibition and accompanying trail marked the anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, a law that partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. The display offered glimpses into LGBTQ histories, experiences and lives by examining objects from around the world, covering ancient civilisations right up to the present. It explored the ways same-sex desire, love and gender diversity have been expressed culturally and varied significantly throughout history, and across the globe.

The display was shaped by the partnerships between the Museum and LGBTQ organisations (including LGBT History Month, whom the Museum has been working with since 2009). Finally, 2017 has also been a memorable year at the Museum, as for the first time the rainbow flag was flown over the Museum during Pride in London weekend.


Festival Hub Host
This year we are excited to continue delving into LGBTQ histories by taking part in OUTing the Past National Festival. We invite you to join our curators in exploring the collections they curate. On Thursday the 22nd of February, the talks will be held in the Stevenson Lecture theatre in the Clore Education Centre at the Museum (3-5pm).

The British Museum is in Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG. The closest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road (500m), Holborn (500m), Russell Square (800m), Goodge Street (800m).

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