Hear the untold stories of enslaved people and learn about historical and contemporary slavery.
Historical and contemporary slavery.
A beautiful building housing one of the UK's finest collections of fine and decorative art.
Paintings, Wedgwood and Chinese ceramics.
Uncover objects from the Titanic, find out about life at sea and learn about the port of Liverpool.
The Titanic, life at sea and Liverpool's port.
This museum tells the story of Liverpool with diverse exhibits housed in a stunning building.
Liverpool's history and popular culture.
Explore a Victorian merchant's house with its period furniture and beautiful paintings.
Paintings, vintage fashion and furniture.
Beautiful paintings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day.
Paintings, sculpture and decorative art.
Discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures!
World cultures, space and live creatures.
Modern drag began to take form in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Nobody knows where the word drag comes from but drag performance has often been linked with gay communities. Drag is loosely defined as an individual dressing as and/or assuming the characteristics of the opposite sex. Drag is commonly used for performance, often comedic. However, it has historically been used in different ways, including for disguise, to make a political statement or as a form of protest. Why female artists, including Rosa Bonheur and Harriet Hosmer, adopted male dress in the 19th century is the subject of much debate.
In Liverpool, the pub and club drag scene goes back at least as far as the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s the Merseyside born performer Paul O’Grady became arguably Britain’s most famous drag performer in his alternative persona, Lily Savage. Liverpool still has a thriving drag scene with venues such as Superstar Boudoir, Garlands, Masquerade, The Lisbon and GBar all having nights hosted or supported by drag artists.
National Museums Liverpool
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