OUTing the past festival

Rainbow coloured light bulb
23 Feb 2019
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Free drop-in event, no need to book
Education area 3, first floor

Join us at the Museum of Liverpool for a day of talks and performance exploring a diverse range of LGBT+ histories, culture, activism and personal experiences; many with a Liverpool focus, as part of our celebrations for LGBT History Month.

This year we are one of 18 venues in the UK and Ireland, Norway, Sweden and New York! Speakers will be coming from around the UK, including some home-grown talent and we have a special performance from Rainbow Chorus to end the day on a high.


  • 11am Christian Owens - From small town boy to ‘visible’ city cop.
  • 11.30am Val Stevenson - Trans-verses: poetry themes in The Glad Rag and Cross-Talk Magazines 1970s-1990s.
  • 12noon Pierrette Squires - Bisexual representation in museum collections - how you can help your history to be represented.
  • 12.30pm Adam Hodgson - UNISON: Our proud history – from lone voices to collective action for LGBT+ equality
  • 1pm Chris D’Bray - Queering a post-modern music hall.
  • 2pm Hilary McCollum - Public and private lesbian worlds in the 1920s.
  • 2.30pm Steve Boyce - Sex, crime and punishment throughout history.
  • 3pm Addea, G - Scrumming together and tackling homophobia.
  • 3.30pm Natasha Walker - Better connected – the history of switchboard.

Tales from the city

Why not combine it with a last chance to see our fabulous exhibition Tales from the city, which explores the lives and experiences of Liverpool’s LGBT+ community from 1967 to today? There are also a range of tours and drag tales to enjoy before the exhibition closes on 31 March, as part of the Tales from the city events programme.

The festival and exhibition are free and everyone is welcome.

This event is part of our LGBT History Month and Tales from the city event series.