Achilles and Penthesliea: An LGBTQ Vase?

Ever since learning about what makes an object LGBTQย I’ve been thinking about the identities of some of my favourite objects at the British Museum. Being a Classicist by training, my thoughts naturally drifted towards the Greece and Roman collections. It’s a part of the collection that should have a multitude of LGBTQ objects (they don’t…

A closer look at the Rosetta Stone

Discovered on 15th July 1799 -or should that be re-discovered?- the Rosetta Stone has become the most visited artefact in the most visited museum in the UK. Of the nearly 6.5 million visitors the British Museum welcomed in 2016, you can bet that the vast majority of them came to see the Rosetta Stone. If…

What makes an object LGBTQ?

With the Pride flag flying high over the British Museum during London Pride 2017, what better time for the museum to host a discussion about the LGBTQ objects in its 8 million strong collection.ย ย If objects are like people, then there’s a very good chance that 10% of these objects are gay. But objects aren’t people?…