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.
In much of the Western world, homosexuality and gender non-conformity have long suffered social stigmatisation, with homosexual acts and cross-dressing also facing legal prohibition until recently. As a result, LGBT+ communities have had to develop innovative and 'hidden' ways of communicating with each other that fall under the radar of the establishment and those not ‘in the know'.
Gay men have used language and fashion accessories to signal and converse with each other. The slang language, Polari was used in London fish markets, circuses, fairgrounds and the theatre as well as by gay men. Fashion accessories, from handkerchiefs to green carnations pinned to lapels, have been used by gay men to signal to others that they can be approached.
Art has consistently provided a platform for the development of often highly creative, coded languages and visual devices. In the past it has allowed LGBT+ artists to express themselves freely, even in highly visible and conservative public spaces.
Explore our LGBT+ collections researched by our Pride and Prejudice research project.
National Museums Liverpool