This online collection is from our Pride and Prejudice research project, which has been exploring items in our art and social history collections with an LGBT+ connection.
The collections brought together here reflect historic and contemporary LGBT+ life, experiences and culture. They reveal the contributions of LGBT+ people in a range of fields, from music to art and design, to social activism and politics, and offer new interpretations of the material in our art galleries and the Museum of Liverpool from an LGBT+ perspective.
Liverpool has a long and diverse LGBT+ history, from gay life at sea and in port to the thriving modern gay quarter around Stanley Street. The Museum of Liverpool’s LGBT+ collections are drawn from the wider social and community history collections which seek to reflect the stories and experiences of Liverpool people, past and present. LGBT+ objects include campaign material, flags, oral history interviews, records, leaflets, flyers, t-shirts, badges, posters and paintings, reflecting the diversity of the city and its LGBT+ communities.
The decorative and fine art collections of the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House are amongst the best in Europe. Amid the familiar – and the less well known - objects, which include paintings, sculptures, fashion and ceramics, are works that help to tell often hidden or overlooked LGBT+ histories and stories. These narratives sometimes emerge through the identity of the artist or the subject matter of a piece, or through historic or current interpretations of a subject.
See our LGBT+ glossary of terms to see what terminology we have used.
Previous LGBT+ exhibitions and displays
- Tales from the city, Museum of Liverpool, 13 October 2017 to 31 March 2019
- Fashion Icons: Celebrating gay designers, Walker Art Gallery, February to summer 2018
- Making himself Claire: Grayson Perry's dresses, Walker Art Gallery, 4 November 2017 to 4 February 2018
- Transformation: One man's cross-dressing wardrobe, Sudley House, 31 March 2017 to 28 January 2018 and Walker Art Gallery, 24 October 2015 to 13 February 2017
- Coming out, Walker Art Gallery, 28 July to 5 November 2017
- There's no place like Garlands!, Museum of Liverpool, 21 July 2016 to 6 June 2017
- Dry Your Eyes Princess, Museum of Liverpool, 16 December 2015 to 31 January 2016
- April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady, Museum of Liverpool, 27 September 2013 to 1 March 2015
- Ken. To be destroyed, Museum of Liverpool, 10 June 2014 to 7 July 2014.
- David Hockney: Early reflections, Walker Art Gallery, 11 October 2013 to 16 March 2014
- Alternative Miss Liverpool wedding dress, Museum of Liverpool 30 October to 18 December 2012
- The Living and the Dead, Paintings and sculpture by John Kirby, Walker Art Gallery, 13 January to 15 April 2012
- Hello Sailor! gay life on the ocean wave, Merseyside Maritime Museum and other venues on tour, 2006 to 2019