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Knowledge Exchange: Queering Historic Houses


In this Knowledge Exchange we hear from Indigo Dunphy-Smith from the Georgian House, Edinburgh.

Indigo discusses the Georgian House’s research into the site’s connection to LGBTQ+ history and explains how house museums can represent more diverse stories.

This talk applies the concept of “queer possibility” to a traditional historic site, in which reinterpreting objects or considering them in a different context, can introduce new pathways for queer narratives to emerge.

You can expect to learn more about how to research queer history, activate overlooked objects, and engage with your visitors and volunteers in creative ways.

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Further resources

The Queer Heritage and Collections Network

The Queer Heritage and Collections Network is a UK-wide Subject Specialist Network that provides training, networking and peer support to people working with LGBTQ+ collections and histories.

Looking for queer possibility in the museum

This guide, written by museum consultant, Margaret Middleton, aims to assist museum visitors and workers/volunteers to identify queer stories within museum collections.