National Maritime Museum
|Date and Times
|11 - 18 February 2024 | 11am-4pm
Check out the full programme below, as well as everything else that's going on at the National Maritime Museum and our LGBTQ+ Family in Residence programme!
All events are drop-in and take place in the Learning Space, located on the ground floor of the National Maritime Museum.
Sunday 11 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm
Help create a patchwork quilt to celebrate the lives of LGBTQ+ people in the Museum's collection. We will explore the many stories in our galleries and bring them together in a communally made quilt.
Monday 12 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm
Learn about merfolk myths from around the world in this creative workshop. You'll make your own merfolk using creamy, tactile oil pastels.
Pride peg dolls
Tuesday 13 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm
Dress up a peg doll to take home. Make a mini you and express yourself, or create a character and take inspiration from some LGBTQ+ heroes with connections to the Museum and south-east London.
Free to be me suncatchers
Wednesday 14 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm
Learn about our 'Person of the Sea' and create your own personalised suncatcher to celebrate all of the things that make us 'free to be me'.
Thursday 15 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm
Learn about penguin pride and make your own pocket penguin to take home!
During Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to the Antarctic in 1910-13, scientists first discovered same-sex behaviour between penguins. They decided to cover up their findings by writing them in Greek alphabet code.
The story was forgotten for decades until it was finally published in 2012. Today, penguins feature on the symbol for the organisation Pride in Polar Research – there’s even a book about a same-sex penguin couple who lived in Central Park Zoo!
Polar Explorers' Sea Chest
Thursday 15 February | 11am - 1pm | 2 - 4pm
What did polar explorers wear on their long voyages into the Arctic and Antarctic regions? Come and make your very own paper doll outfits in this drop-in craft session.
Together we will explore examples of Victorian and Edwardian fashion - both civilian and seafarer clothing - as well as historical and more modern polar gear.
We will also touch upon the role of drag within the context of historical polar exploration. You will have a chance to practice your colouring skills with our pre-made paper doll outfits, as well as showcase your creativity and make brand new clothes for the paper doll sailors!
Friday 16 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm
Join us to design, collage and print your own ship's badge to show that everyone is welcome aboard our ship.
What symbols might show that everyone is welcome? What colours would you use? What name would you give our ship?
Out at Sea festival
Saturday 17 February | 11am-4pm
Join us for a family festival celebrating LGBTQ+ histories through live performances, storytelling, talks and creative workshops.
Letters from home
Sunday 18 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm
Design a postcard inspired by stories of the sea and LGBTQ+ iconography to express affection to someone important.
Images: Dinh Pham, Solar Flare X1 from AR2994 in 'Motion' © Miguel Claro, Katie Rainbow