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The image shows Drag King Tito Bone, wearing a gold jacket and sporting a blue sparkly beard.

Discover Tito Bone’s favourite things

Spend some time with Tito as they audio describe their way through some of their favourite things at the National Maritime Museum.

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The image shows Bird la Bird standing in front of the Armada Portrait

Watch Breaking the Spell with Bird la Bird

In a queer rebuff to the Queen in a ruff, Bird La Bird will break the spell of monarchical magic and invite the audience to look away from the figurehead to find queer history.

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ShayShay at the National Maritime Museum

Learn to deep sea dance with ShayShay

Get your swimming suits ready as Drag Queen, ShayShay takes us on an underwater, dancing adventure to the bottom of the sea.

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 What is Pride?

Pride usually marks a month of events, celebrations and parades that highlight the identities of LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities all over the world.

While we're not able to celebrate in person this year, we hope that our virtual activities will bring audiences together online in celebration of the LGBTQIA+ histories in the Royal Museums Greenwich collection that have shaped British maritime history.

We would like to thank the incredible artists and performers that have shared their own interpretations and experiences to bring historic and contemporary LGBTQIA+ stories to life for everyone to enjoy from home this year.

Use #PrideInside to join in the virtual Pride celebrations!

Queering the Armada Portrait 

What do you see when you look at the Armada Portrait? A magnificent figure of female power? A looting pirate with colonial ambition? Or an anxious and fragile body beneath many layers of splendour? Join presenter National Outreach and Royal Museums Greenwich Curator Matty Pye as she is joined by some special guests.

  • Bird La Bird Shellbreaking Performance Artiste and Queer People’s Historian
  • Daniel Lismore Artist, Designer, Stylist, Writer and Campaigner
  • Kit Heyam Academic, Activist and Transgender Awareness Trainer

Join us for a bold disrobing of this fierce queen as we look again at signs and symbols of troubled and disrupted gender and find the Queer in the Armada Portrait.

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Watch Daniel Lismore talk about the Armada Portrait 



Watch poems written and performed by Shakaiah Perez

Experience the powerful and original spoken word poetry by Shakaiah Perez as she performs dedications to Trans Womxn of Colour and Womxn of the Pacific. 

Shakaiah Perez (Maori, Samoan, Tahitian, Tokelauan, Cape Verdean) also known as Lady Shaka and Travelling Feather is an interdisciplinary artist who draws from her mixed heritage, ancestral linkages and experiences as a Trans woman of colour to create art. She is the director of London’s first Pacific club night known as ‘Pulotu Underworld’ and is known internationally for her work as a DJ. 

The Healer - A Dedication to Trans Womxn of Colour

Paradise - A Dedication to Womxn of the Pacific


LGBTQIA+ stories