LGBTQ+ histories and events

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Welcome to our LGBTQ+ hub where we celebrate, interrogate and (re)interpret the queer stories in Royal Museums Greenwich's collection. 

 

LGBTQ+ History Month 2021

Each year we mark LGBTQ+ History Month with a spectacular collection of events to highlight the queer histories in our collections and the magnificent communities we work with.

This year, we will be moving the celebrations online so you can enjoy the whole month from the comfort of your own home.

We are focusing on the themes of chosen families and love to celebrate the incredible strength, bonds and unity of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Find out more about the events taking place below.

Bad Lay-Dee’s LGBTQ+ History Month Workshop

Wednesday 3 February | 5pm | Watch live on Facebook

Suitable for all ages, especially families and young people

Bad Lay-Dee joins forces with Royal Museums Greenwich to deliver an interactive workshop for LGBTQ+ History Month. This free online workshop will be an opportunity to explore all sections of the LGBTQIA+ community and celebrate everyone’s individuality, as well as exploring some of the queer stories in the collection. Make sure you grab a pen and note pad and be ready to get creative!

Out at Sea Family Craft

Online from Wednesday 10 February

Suitable for all ages, especially families

Explore themes of love, freedom and identity in this step-by-step craft activity. Create your own letters of love and support and then celebrate your own identity by crafting some elaborate pom-pom accessories inspired by the most flamboyant Queen of Royal Museums Greenwich: Elizabeth I.

Rainbow Crafternoons

Select dates throughout February

This February, the National Maritime Museum is celebrating LGBTQ+ histories with activities for family’s to try at home. From rainbows to merfolk, head to our family activities page for crafts for all ages and abilities.

OUTing the Past

Wednesday 10 February | 6.30–8pm | Join for free on Zoom - register now

Suitable for ages 12+

Throughout the evening we will be discussing the experiences of non-western LGBTQIA+ communities, with a focus on migration, the effects of empire and global activism.

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Free to be Me! 

Thursday 18 February | 6.30-8pm | Join on Zoom | Pay what you can

Suitable for ages 12+

Join us during LGBTQ+ History Month for an evening looking at the important migration moments in the UK through an interactive quiz and panel discussions. 

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The Mother Mirror

Online from Wednesday 24 February

A video and moving image experiment exploring the ideas of fish out of water, chosen families, and migration; composed of dance, tableaux, ritual, and memory. Directed by Anju Kasturiraj for Royal Museums Greenwich.

Fierce Queens: House of Love

Friday 26 February | 7.30-9pm | Join online via Zoom | Pay what you can

18+

This year we’re moving our fabulous Fierce Queens event online for a takeover by Adam All and Apple Derrieres!

Join us for an evening of extravagant drag performances, historic tours and creative activities that explore the theme of love amongst our royal residents and communities, past and present.

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Queer (Re)Interpretations

Discover just some of the LGBTQ+ stories in our collections, and watch performances from past Pride events