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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Queer Expressions: LGBT History Month, Sat 24th February

Saturday 24 February 2018 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00 All events are free, no booking required Join the LGBTQ Working Group and friends for an afternoon of talks and tours exploring LGBTQ artists, designers, and numerous ‘queer connections’ that can be found in the V&A collections and galleries. Including: an imaginary dinner party that might […]

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Being Human Festival at the V&A : The Queer Allure of Art Deco

Being Human Festival at the V&A : The Queer Allure of Art Deco Sat 25 November 2017, 15:00 – 17:00 Prints and Drawings Study Room, V&A Museum Ticketed event, booking essential As part of the Being Human Festival, the V&A’s LGBTQ Working Group invite you to join us for an illustrated one hour talk in the […]

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Balenciaga: Love and Hats!

This blog is by Anne-Margaux Illido, a postgraduate student in Art History and Museum Curating at the University of Sussex, currently completing a placement at the V&A with Zorian Clayton and Dawn Hoskin from the LGBTQ Working Group. When discussing the LGBTQ-related topics I could address in a blog post, I was drawn towards the current […]

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V&A Pride and more …

Those of you who follow the V&A on social media, may have already realised that things are looking a bit different this weekend. The Museum has adopted a most colourful logo on the occasion of tomorrow’s Pride in London parade. In the real world, the Museum is also showing its colours, flying the now customary Rainbow […]

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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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