The Museum’s LGBTQ Working Group unearths previously hidden or unknown LGBTQ histories in the collections and aims to facilitate understanding of LGBTQ identities and histories through research, events, discussion and debate.
LGBTQ working group
The V&A's LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Working Group is comprised of Museum staff with an interest in using the V&A’s collections to explore issues of gender, sexuality and identity.
We look to unearth previously hidden or unknown LGBTQ histories in the collections and aim to facilitate understanding of LGBTQ identities and histories through research, public programming, discussion and debate. We also consider the ways in which visitors themselves interpret and make sense of museum objects on the basis of their own identities and experiences.
Investigation into these subjects can be emotional, throw up many questions and provide only partial answers. We aim to progress these issues through future projects and events.
The V&A's collections contain a vast range of objects that relate to LGBTQ histories and concerns. Objects may be considered LGBTQ-related for a variety of reasons, including: individuals associated with the object (artist, sitter, maker, owner, etc.); the content or 'message' of the object; and current or historic connotations and connections.
Our guide, Out On Display, features 30 objects which possess a variety of LGBTQ connections and narratives. Please note: our Out On Display has been temporarily removed whilst we update our digital map.
When looking for LGBTQ-related objects on Explore the Collections it is advisable to enter 'LGBTQ'. The category 'Gender and Sexuality' will also return a range of objects of broader relevance.
The V&A offers a range of LGBTQ-focused events and activities throughout the year, including gallery talks, film screenings and artist performances.
On the last Saturday of the month join our one hour tour which explores gender and sexual identities through a selection of objects in our collections.
For more information please contact LGBTQ@vam.ac.uk
LGBT History Month
Each February we mark LGBT History Month with a variety of free activities.
LGBTQ Collection Selection Box
Our Collection Selection Boxes are a unique opportunity to handle original prints, drawings and photographs from our collection. Containing carefully curated material that introduces a particular period, style, material, or technique, these resources are available for individual study or group teaching.
The LGBTQ Collection Selection Box contains a range of objects related to LGBTQ lives and histories.
Out in the museum
The LGBTQ Working Group use the museum and its collections to explore issues of gender, sexuality and identity. In this blog we share our thoughts, research, discoveries and various goings-on.