Heads of Hadrian

I’ve been thinking quite a bit recently about the various identities objects carry with them. Specifically, LGBTQ identities have been on my mind. There’s one in particular that I’ve been pondering; Hadrian’s. His face is on the cover on the big gay book of big gay museum objects. Ok, so maybe it’s not so big….

Achilles and Penthesliea: An LGBTQ Vase?

Ever since learning about what makes an object LGBTQ 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.  If objects are like people, then there’s a very good chance that 10% of these objects are gay. But objects aren’t people?…

Exploring LGBTQ Histories at the British Museum

I’m back at the British Museum, this time exploring their LGBTQ Histories in a new display in room 69a, Desire, Love, Identity. The exhibition draws on a couple of projects the British Museum has undertaken to unearth some of the hidden histories in its 8 million strong collection. We are seeing quite a bit of this kind…

Hockney at Tate and the British Museum

Now is a very good time to be a David Hockney fan.  The Bigger Splash painter is starring in a major retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain, has a small but significant showing of his Cavafy prints at the British Museum and back at Tate Britain, Hockney is playing a supporting role in Queer British Art. All…

A Homosexual Scene at the British Museum

From the title of this post, you might think I’m going to talk about that scene from Maurice set at the British Museum. Considering there’s a movie adaptation of Maurice, there’s a chance I still might. No, in this Museum Adventure, I’m talking about another homosexual scene at the Museum. This one. I found this vase…

The Museum of Transology

Of all the letters in the LGBTQ acronym, the ‘T’ is one that is quite often invisible (although the ‘B’ is also notoriously difficult to find too). The Museum of Transology, a pop-up museum at the London College of Fashion until 22nd April 2017, looks to address this. Trans issues have become much more visible…

Discovering the story behind the V&A’s LGBTQ Tours

The V&A’s LGBTQ Tours are essential. As one of the UK’s biggest museums, it sees a startling number of visitors each year. I’d go from time to time if there was an exhibition that caught my eye, but it was a place that I never felt quite at home in. The stuff in there was nice enough…