Tales from the city

Stories, objects and memories from Liverpool’s LGBT+ community
13 October 2017 to 31 March 2019

Free entry

This powerful exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act with stories from Liverpool’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) community over the past five decades. 

The exhibition reflects how the lives and experiences of Liverpool’s LGBT+ community have changed from 1967 to 2017. Individual stories are told through a mixture of objects, costume, art, photography, film and oral history interviews. The exhibition also explores the impact of national events such as Section 28, civil partnerships, marriage, age of consent equality, and equal adoption rights.

The experiences of Liverpool's LGBT+ community reveal devastating cases of discrimination and prejudice but also examples of self-determination, resilience and creativity. 50 years on from the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, the exhibition offers a reflection on the significant advances that have been made, while also remembering there is still work to be done for full equality.



Excerpts from 'Pink: Past and Present' courtesy of First Take. Watch more interviews from the film in the exhibition.


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50 stories from Liverpool's LGBT+ community from 1957 to 2017. See more in the exhibition timeline!


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Telling her story – Melanie Robson

Within the Tales from the city exhibition we have a special display case which enables us to tell different people’s stories through objects that are meaningful to them.Our current display features items kindly loaned by Melanie Robson. Melanie is a retired teacher who lives in Bootle.

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