Ahoy there! Royal Museums Greenwich celebrates its first LGBT History Month

Come one, come all, and join Royal Museums Greenwich for a series of exciting events and lectures, as it celebrates LGBT History Month for the first time.

The history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and maritime history has always been closely intertwined; from tight fitting naval uniforms, men dressing as women, to the sailor as a gay icon. The Museum is drawing on this rich history to create a month of events and activities, including a flagship family programme based around identity and the rainbow flag. 

Kicking off with a special sci-fi screening of V for Vendetta at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on 6 February, visitors can enjoy this dystopian fantasy based on the popular graphic novel by Alan Moore, and then reflect on its parallels with the LGBT civil rights movement during a post-screening discussion.

If you have a penchant for pub quizzes, head over to the Ye Olde Rose & Crown pub on 11 February for In the Navy! to flex your maritime mental muscles while enjoying some salacious sailor puns.

For February half-term, the National Maritime Museum is hosting Rainbow Week, a week of activities and talks focusing on identity and LGBT maritime history. From making your own flag, learning about celebrations at sea and tie-dying a watery design, there’s something for all the family to enjoy.

On 20 February the celebrations come to a close with the fantastic Out at Sea: a day filled with music, workshops and crafts. There will also be three incredibly interesting talks in the Lecture Theatre covering topics from sex-changing fish, homoeroticism in maritime fashion, and how to look at the National Maritime Museum’s collection through a queer lens.

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Silver Screen Sci-Fi Showing – V for Vendetta (2005)

Based on the popular graphic novel by Alan Moore and set in an alternative Orwellian London, a masked figure stands up to a fascist regime hell-bent on quashing freedom and diversity. Using the likeness of Guy Fawkes, ‘V’ fights to restore democracy and give the country back to its people.

Following the movie there will be a discussion about its parallels and connections with LGBT history and the civil rights movement. Popcorn, confectionery, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase in the Planetarium foyer before the event.

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In the Navy!

We will be heading over to our friends at the Ye Olde Rose & Crown pub to host a quiz celebrating all things Maritime and LGBT. Expect salacious sailor puns and more nautical naughtiness than you can shake a figurehead at.

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February Half Term – Rainbow Week at the National Maritime Museum

Flags and Gladrags

Create your own flag or costume that symbolises your identity, and learn about celebrations and festivals at sea.

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Awash with Colour

Using techniques such as tie-dye and marbling, show something you are proud of by creating fantastic, colourful and watery designs.

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Out at Sea

Join us to celebrate a spectrum of LGBT histories, experiences and voices at the National Maritime Museum with this special day of music, free talks and workshops for adults and families. Learn about sex-changing fish, the ‘heroines and harlots’ of Nelson’s England, and take part in a family flag-making workshop to show off your identity.

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LGBT History Month

Taking place every February in the UK, LGBT History Month is dedicated to celebrating the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people throughout history, and is an opportunity to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

More about LGBT History Month

General Information

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich. In preparation for the 400th anniversary in 2016 of its commissioning and design, the Queen’s House will be closed for refurbishment until 4 July 2016.

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich and Cutty Sark are open daily 10.00-17.00 (last admission 16.30). Cutty Sark’s opening times may be subject to change, please see website for details. General admission to National Maritime Museum is free.

All events included here are free of charge to all visitors unless stated. Admission prices for the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark, as well as Museum special exhibitions can be found online.

The Museum is located a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR, and Maze Hill and Greenwich train stations. The closest tube stations are North Greenwich (to change to local buses) and Canary Wharf (to change to DLR), both on the Jubilee line.

For updated information prior to visit please visit our web site or phone 020 8858 4422.


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