Sailing Proud is an initiative looking at the history of gay seafarers and the homosexual experience at sea. It has developed out of the book 'Hello Sailor!' by Dr Jo Stanley and Dr Paul Baker, and our subsequent touring exhibition of the same name. Sailing Proud aims to promote further research of this subject.
The Maritime Archives and Library are setting up the Sailing Proud archive. This will include oral histories by ex-seafarers and related material produced during the development of the exhibition. The ultimate aim is to make this material available to the public.
Hello Sailor! display
Our Hello Sailor! exhibition is now on permanent display in the Life at Sea gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum, following a tour of UK venues.
Events and activities
Through the initiative we continue to organise events and activities and support Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month UK in February and Liverpool's annual Homotopia Festival, which takes place in November.