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Pride and Prejudice - LGBT research project

pride-prejudice-logo-286In our exciting project, ‘Pride & Prejudice’, we are researching our urban history collections at the Museum of Liverpool, and our fine and decorative art collections at the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House, in order to identify items with an LGBT connection.

‘LGBT’ is an acronym that summarises the main groups within the overall gay and transgender community. Specifically, it includes lesbian women, gay men, bisexual people of all genders and trans people. Trans is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. 

National Museums Liverpool is dedicated to exhibiting all aspects of culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues. We have a strong commitment to human rights, social justice and equality for all. The representation and contribution LGBT people have made to society over a long period of time has been largely misinterpreted or omitted. We hope that by uncovering the wealth of objects in our collections that reflect LGBT lives, histories and culture, we can help to make these stories more widely known and present them better to the public in accessible online collections. 

As these web pages develop, we will be adding new features and information, including resources for the museum community.

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Our partners

Our partners in this project are Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove and Homotopia.  Brighton Museum & Art Gallery displays many objects with an LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) connection and has a LGBTQ trail available in Brighton Museum.

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‘Pride & Prejudice’ has been funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

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LGBT blogs

St Sebastian

LGBT artwork marks Saint Sebastian Feast day

20 January

Marking the Feast of Saint Sebastian today, Lynn Wray serves up a slice of LGBT art history, from her work as researcher in our Pride and Prejudice research project.“On the 20th January 287 AD, Saint Sebastian was killed by the Roman emperor Diocletian for his Christian beliefs. Read more about LGBT artwork marks Saint Sebastian Feast day

Shaun Duggan with cup of tea

New LGBT objects uncovered

5 December

Two new themes, Love and Relationships and Sex and Eroticism (what everyone’s been waiting for!) have now been launched as part of our Pride and Prejudice research project. We have discovered some fascinating objects in our collections which tell a range of stories and histories. Read more about New LGBT objects uncovered