National Museums Liverpool is taking LGBT+ History Month online and Knowsley residents can get involved.
This February, National Museums Liverpool (NML) is to reveal the untold histories and lived experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as part of LGBT+ History Month as never before. This year’s theme is ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’ and NML has curated a special collection of exciting commissions online which document the history, lives and experiences of the community.
More details about the programme will be released on NML’s social media channels and website but highlights already confirmed include:
- Commissioned works, including new poetry from local writer Felix Mufti-Wright.
- Insightful interviews with leading figures in Liverpool’s LGBT+ community including Detective Sgt. Christian Owens of Merseyside Police and Caroline Paige, the first openly Transgender Officer in the British Armed Forces.
- A digital display of artistic responses from members of the public who were invited to submit works representing LGBT+ people, places and events that mean something to them.
- Exploration of ‘Hidden Histories’ including Polari, a coded language historically spoken by gay men.
- Focus on figures such as gay codebreaker Alan Turing and his contribution to Artificial Intelligence.
- A back-to-basics guide with a mini-LGBT+ Dictionary, timeline of LGBT+ history and round-up of famous activists and scientists to follow.
- An exploration of LGBT+ Art History across National Museums Liverpool’s venues, including classics such as Simeon Solomon’s ‘Mystery of Faith’ from the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s collection and the work of Rosa Bonheur at Sudley House.
Knowsley Council will also be marking LGBT+ History Month by raising the rainbow on 1 February to mark the start of the month and illuminating the Greystone Footbridge from 24-28 February. You can read more about that here.