LGBT History Month 2019

This February, we will be celebrating LGBT maritime history past and present with a packed season of events, talks, programmes and workshops suitable for all visitors.

Welcome to LGBT History Month at the National Maritime Museum!

We are very proud to be hosting some fabulous events and opportunities throughout the month of February to celebrate and honour queer voices in the UK. We have been busy building connections with London’s LGBTQ+ communities and exploring the diverse and spectacular identities which make up this umbrella term. 

Our celebration kicks off with OUTing the Past – an evening of free talks by gifted speakers who will be exploring the theme of queer youth. Leading us from a North Tyneside community research project to a union of students’ campaign for marriage equality in Ireland, we take a dip into the past and uncover hidden LGBTQ+ histories such as 1960s taboo education and the first gay youth group (possibly) in the world. 

National Maritime Museum

9th February 2019 | 6.00pm | Free

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Next up we are presenting Fierce Queens: Bodies of Power – a queer takeover of the Queen’s House in Greenwich. Following last year’s opulent soirée, we are once again inviting performers, poets and communities into this former royal residence. Come along and enjoy an evening of gender-diverse performances by London’s leading drag artists and dancers as we celebrate all kinds of queer power. Play games, sip a thimble of rum and wander around galleries filled with divine portraits and naval narratives. 

Queen's House

16 February 2019 | 7.00pm | £14 Adult | £12 Members


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Finally, we’ll be Out at Sea for our action-packed day of adventures, crafts and performances for the whole family to enjoy! This year we’re exploring what it means to be a hero and a role model – so you can listen to exciting stories from real-life heroes and add your own voice to the Tree of Advice as we craft and colour together. Acclaimed grime poet Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson will be on hand to lead a fabulous workshop and perform some of her spoken word favourites! Join us as we celebrate LGBT History Month by listening, laughing, and learning together.

National Maritime Museum

23 February 2019 | 11:00 | Free


We hope that you will join us in making 2019’s LGBT History Month a truly wonderful festival at the National Maritime Museum!


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