Join us at the National Maritime Museum for a festival of LGBTQ+ history
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.
Join this interactive family storytelling session with Lotte Jeffs, Freddy 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.
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.
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.
Join our knowledgeable Visitor Assistants as they guide you through our Museum's collections with a focus on LGBTQ+ stories.
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.
All events at the National Maritime Museum on the day are free. You are welcome to book free Museum tickets in advance (select 18 February using the tickets calendar), or just turn up on the day - find out more about planning your visit here.
Once booked, your ticket is valid for the whole day. You can arrive earlier or later if you wish, and your ticket will be valid until closure.
Workshops will begin from 11am, and timings and locations are included next to each activity on this page. Please note that individual workshops and performances operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
The National Maritime Museum is a quick, easy journey from central London, and right in the heart of historic Greenwich. Check this page for more information about arriving by public transport or by car.
You can find a free map here to help guide you round the National Maritime Museum when you arrive.
The National Maritime Museum has accessible toilets, and our cafés and gift shops are wheelchair accessible.
All floors are accessible by lift.
You can find out more about facilities and access at the National Maritime Museum here.
Saturday 18 February
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.