This morning the press got to preview the exhibition Hello Sailor! Gay life on the ocean wave, which opens to the public tomorrow. Dr Jo Stanley, co-author of the book Hello Sailor! that inspired the exhibition, and some of the seafarers that she interviewed during her research, also got to see the finished exhibition for the first time, and were thrilled with how it looked.
Jo is pictured above inspecting some rather bling glittery shoes in the recreated steward's cabin with Robert (on the left), whose reminiscences feature in the exhibition and Jay (in the middle), one of the museum's roleplayers. Jay is wearing a ship's steward uniform, but will be transformed into a glamorous performer for the exhibition opening this evening.
Learning officer Karen Charnock gave me a sneak preview of the silver dress that he will be wearing to perform a cabaret show, like the crew shows that gay seafarers used to perform during their time off on ships.