Out in the Museum

This is the section for the V&A’s LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Working Group. We are Museum staff with an interest in using the collections to explore issues of gender, sexuality and identity.

Through research, discussion and public programming we aim to open up the diverse histories of objects and encourage consideration of LGBTQ subjects.

We organise a range of LGBTQ-focused events and activities throughout the year, including gallery talks, film screenings and artist performances.

Here we will share our research, thoughts, discoveries and various goings-on.

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LGBTQ Gallery Tour – view online!

We’re very proud of our volunteer guides who ensure that our LGBTQ Gallery Tours take place every month. We have had well over a 1,500 people join us in the Museum for these tours – that’s a lot of people and a lot of LGBTQ history being shared! However, we know that there are many […]

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Toilet Talk: Looking for non-gender-specific toilets?

Greeting you at a door multiple times a day, whether at work or in public buildings, you’ll no doubt be very familiar with these two anonymous figures. Clear and easily recognisable, they are the symbols frequently used to demarcate gender-specific toilet facilities. Over the years a number of places have played with the design of […]

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Last week of ‘The History of Photography: The Body’

Catch the final week of ‘The History of Photography: The Body’ display in Gallery 100 of the Museum, which has been extended until March 9th.  If you have been on any of our recent LGBT guided tours run by our marvellous group of volunteers (meeting at 4pm on the last Saturday of every month at […]

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Glass becomes him: reflections on Erwin Eisch’s ‘Head of Narcissus’

Ralph Day is a postgraduate student in the History of Design at the V&A and the Royal College of Art, and has delivered tours for the monthly V&A LGBTQ Tours programme. Today he shares with his his thoughts and responses to Erwin Eisch’s ‘Head of Narcissus’, on display in Contemporary Glass, Room 129. ‘Dislocated and captivating, […]

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Speaking Out – Details from Speakers Corner

The Speakers Corner at the Out for Revolution Friday Late raised the question of: How far have we come in the fight for equality and what are the issues facing the global LGBTQ community now? Visitors were able to hear how a variety of activists continue to challenge contemporary laws and social issues – and […]

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Moose on the Loose – ‘Trans*hapticality’ (17th March 2017)

UPDATE: TICKETS NOW BOOKABLE ONLINE VIA THE FOLLOWING LINK https://www.vam.ac.uk/shop/whatson/index/view/id/4799/event/Jack-Halberstam—TRANS-HAPTICALITY/dt/2017-03-17/eType/1/free/2 You can also book via our Contact Centre on 0207 942 2000. Next month we are happy to be hosting an event as part of the wonderfully titled Moose on the Loose Research Biennale program. Moose on the Loose is led by Dr Sara Davidmann […]

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Out for Revolution! – Friday Late (27th January 2017)

As many of you will be aware, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. But how far have we come in the fight for equality?This month’s Friday Late aims to consider this question, under the rubric ‘Out for Revolution’. We have been excitedly putting together the programme over the past few […]

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A history of gay and lesbian cinema in 10 films (16th February 2017)

Thursday 16th February 2017 (18:30 – 20:30), British Academy As usual February is shaping up to be a busy (yet fun!) month for the LGBTQ Working Group. In addition to the upcoming events I’ve recently posted about, I am pleased to announce that Thursday 16th February will see our first collaboration with The British Academy. ‘A […]

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OUTing the Past (10th February 2017)

Friday 10th February 2017 (18:00 – 21:00) We are pleased to announce that on the 10th February 2017 we will again be one of the national hubs for OUTing the Past: The National Festival of LGBT History. PLEASE NOTE: Due to a technical issue, this event does not appear on the Museum’s What’s On page but […]

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Clemence Dane: The Invisible Woman (1st February 2017)

Clemence Dane is the ‘invisible woman’ of British 20th century culture: a prolific and popular writer and artist, described by her great friend Noel Coward as ‘a wonderful unique mixture of artist, writer, games mistress, poet and egomaniac.’ Yet her name and achievements are almost forgotten today: she was the first British woman screenwriter ever […]

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