Essential Information

Type Family fun
National Maritime Museum
Date and Times Saturday 18 February 2023 | 10am - 5pm
Prices Free

Visit the National Maritime Museum for a day-long festival celebrating queer maritime history through the ages, as part of LGBTQ+ History Month.

See live performances, storytelling, film screenings and talks, and take part in creative workshops that are fun for the whole family.

All activities and workshops at the Museum are free. You can book free tickets in advance, or simply turn up on the day and join the celebrations.

Find out more about access to the Museum here.

Check out the full event schedule and visitor guide below, or skip to a section to find out more about what's on during the day.

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Live performances and Storytelling

Performer dressed in garish pinks and yellows is using a bubble making device and children are happily reaching up to the bubbles and laughing

LGBTQ+ family storytelling with Lotte Jeffs, Freddy McConnell and Sharon Davey| 12:00 – 13:30 | Learning Space 

Join this interactive family storytelling session with Lotte JeffsFreddy McConnell and Sharon Davey. Lotte is a writer and host of LGBTQ+ parenting podcast Some Families, as well as the author of My Magic Family. Freddy is a writer and journalist and author of The Little Seahorse and the Big Question.  Sharon is a children's illustrator and illustrated My Magic Family. Copies of these books will be available in the National Maritime Museum shop and from 13:00 - 13:30 have your copy signed by Lotte, Freddy and Sharon. In partnership with Queer Circle.

Quest for the Treasure Chest interactive performance | 13:30 – 14:30 | Great Map

Set sail for adventure with ShayShay, Sophie Brain and Mahatma Khandi in search of the greatest treasure in the world!

Become a treasure hunter by singing, dancing and riddle-solving across the ocean, from the high seas to the seabed. Pirates, mermaids and sea creatures will help you on your quest, but it’s up to you to discover the treasure.

Pink Singers choir performance | 15:00 - 15:30 | Great Map

Come along to the Great Map for a choir performance by the Pink Singers, an LGBTQ+ community choir based in London, who will be singing a number of well-known LGBTQ+ anthems.

Image of choir of around 20 people wearing all black singing, with a choir master stood in front of them
The Pink Singers performing on the Great Map

Workshops, film screenings and more

Child and adult standing next to table with lots of crafty materials on it

LGBTQ+ Family in Residence film screening | 11:00 - 11:30 | Lecture Theatre

See the films created by the National Maritime Museum’s LGBTQ+ Families in Residence.

Pride Fleet workshop | 11:00 – 16:00 | Great Map

Come to the Great Map to create your own Pride boat, and become part of a giant fleet of rainbow boats made throughout the day.

crafted boat with with rainbow sails, bunting, rainbows on the hull and two figures inside

Love Letters workshop | 11:00 – 16:00 | Propeller Space

Create your own letter to a loved one inspired by the love letters of Queen Anne.

The Power of Unity workshop | 11:00 – 16:00 | Parkside Entrance

In the Baltic Glass space, artist Sarah Hawke will be leading a crochet workshop themed around the power of unity.

Secrets of the Sea | 11:00 – 16:00 | Briefing Space 

The sea remains the last great unexplored wilderness of the Earth, and its myths and legends still enchant. But like much of the planet, the pristine oceans are being polluted by mankind.

Set sail with Avant-Gardening to explore the mysterious depths of the ocean and help to create an immersive space where we can share stories, explore our imaginations, and make fantastical flora and fauna to inhabit this mythical underwater world.

Talks and tours

Join our knowledgeable Visitor Assistants as they guide you through our Museum's collections with a focus on LGBTQ+ stories.

Children wearing handmade headdresses and listening to a talk by a visitor services assistant, who is pointing at some objects on display in a case

Scandal and swindling in Georgian Greenwich | 11:00 | My Greenwich gallery

This talk will tell the extraordinary story of Eliza Robertson and how she posed as an heiress in an attempt to swindle a place for her and her partner Charlotte in Georgian high society.

The amazing story of Jeanne Baret | 13:00 | Pacific Encounters gallery

Meet in the Pacific Encounters gallery to hear about Jeanne Baret, a fearless adventurer and pioneering scientist. Discover how she defied the circumstances of her birth and the conventions of her time to become the first woman to sail around the world.

The remarkable lives and surprising adventures of seafaring women | 15:00 | Tudors and Stuarts gallery

In this talk you'll learn the stories of women who dressed as men and joined the Navy.

Plan your visit

Tickets and Opening

Free entry

Saturday 18 February


  • Greenwich Station
  • Cutty Sark DLR
  • Maze Hill Station
  • Greenwich Pier
The Queen's House in Greenwich lit up with rainbow lights to mark LGBTQ+ History Month

Part of LGBTQ+ History Month

Join us this February for a spectacular series of events celebrating queer histories, identities and communities

Choose your tickets

All events on the day are free. You are welcome to book free National Maritime tickets in advance, or just turn up on the day. Make sure you select 18 February using the calendar when you book.

National Maritime Museum

  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Access to all free galleries and activities
  • Paid exhibitions not included
Free entry
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Member tickets

  • Free and fast-track Museums entry
  • Priority booking
  • Access using your membership card
Membership card number required
A father and son look through a porthole on the main deck of historic ship Cutty Sark

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  • Unlimited entry all year
  • Royal Observatory
  • Cutty Sark
  • Planetarium Shows
  • Special exhibitions
Direct Debit One-off
Individual: £50 Individual: £60
Family: from £60 Family: from £70