Queer Film Archives & An Armchair Tour – 22nd November

Furniture, Textiles & Fashion
October 23, 2015

Having already given you a wee glimpse into some of the work we have been doing in preparation for our Being Human events, now is the time for me to clearly explain details of the events and encourage you to get the dates and times in your diaries.

Bird la Bird, ready at the Information Desk to give you all the details. I’m hoping her rather authoritative demeanor is prompting you to concentrate and take this all down.  © Holly Revell

Firstly, both events are taking place on in the Lecture Theatre on Sunday 22nd November.

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Both events are FREE. Booking isn’t necessary and you can just turn up on the day – entry will be on a first-come-first-served basis, so please arrive in good time. However, it would be very helpful for our preparations (and for the Being Human records) if you would be kind enough to take a moment to please register your intention to attend through the Eventbrite links given below.

The Lecture Theatre is wheelchair accessible. It also features an induction loop – you will need to switch your hearing aid to the ‘T’ position in order to use. For any assistance during your visit, please contact a member of staff or the Disability Officer on telephone +44 (0)20 7942 2766, text phone +44 (0)20 7942 2002, or email disability@vam.ac.uk.


FROM THE QUEER FILM ARCHIVES will run from 11:00 am until 12:30.

Still supplied by Outfest UCLA Legacy Project
Still supplied by Outfest UCLA Legacy Project

This screening is a tantalising selection of what the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project is helping to protect, with a 90 minute set of documentary shorts from 1950 to 1971. Highlights include ‘Queens at Heart’, an extraordinary pseudo-scientific interview with male-to-female transsexuals from New York City in candid discussion about their lives and identities, and ‘Mona’s Candle Light Footage’, an exceedingly rare snippet presenting patrons of a San Francisco lesbian bar circa 1950’.

Some of you may have seen excerpts of this selection during the Queer and Now Friday Late back in February. The Museum was extremely busy that night and not everyone managed to squeeze into the Lecture Theatre to see the films. Following numerous requests, we will be showing the whole 90 minute show reel.

Please register your intention to attend here.



Your (armchair) tour guide for the afternoon, Bird la Bird. © Dawn Hoskin

In her own inimitable style, combing comedy, gossip, politics and insight, Bird la Bird will take visitors on an ‘armchair tour’ through the miles of Museum galleries and beyond. Exploring the intersections between LGBT, class, and colonial history, Bird will encourage us to ponder the nature of LGBT history whilst rifling through the V&A’s drawers!

This event will be BSL interpreted and audio described.

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Please register your intention to attend here.


Find out more about other events that are part of Being Human (‘The UK’s only national festival of the humanities’) here.



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Furniture, Textiles & Fashion
October 23, 2015

I am an Assistant Curator working on the development of the new Europe 1600-1800 Galleries. My interests are wide-ranging but subjects I have particularly enjoyed exploring for this project include:...

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