Taking part in Pride Month
June celebrates Pride Month! We’ve collated some examples of events, exhibitions, and online activities to help museums and galleries take part in this annual event.
Events and Exhibitions
The Burrell Collection hosted LGBTQ+ walking tours of their collection, delving into the context and meaning behind some of their most popular objects, and examining how representations of LGBTQ+ culture have always existed within art and history. These tours were developed by museum staff who had lived experience or a connection to the LGBTQ+ community.
In this blog from GlasgowLife, Laura Bauld, Curator at The Burrell Collection, discusses her favourite objects from the LGBTQ+ tour.
Pride and Prejudice: an LGBT+ themed tour of The Georgian House. The Georgian House organised tours of the museum, focusing on LGBT+ history during the Georgian period (1714 – 1830).
Shake, Rattle + Stroll: Love. V&A Dundee organised this interactive workshop, aimed at under 5s, to explore stories and songs inspired by love and how families come in all shapes and sizes. Attendees were invited to pick up an instrument and join in with musical play, stories, and dressing-up, followed by a wander through the galleries!
National Museum of Scotland, LGBTQIA+ Hidden Histories Trail, highlights unexplored LGBTQIA+ stories from across their collections. The trail features ten objects found on Levels 1, 3, and 5 at the National Museum of Scotland.
Glasgow Women’s Library developed Stride with Pride: LGBTQ+ Heritage Trail, a map of Glasgow which highlights just some of the people, places, and spaces that have been a part of Glasgow’s LGBTQ+ heritage and history. An audio version of the tour is also available.
Proud City is an exhibition held at Queensferry museum, which celebrates the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and asexual people living and working in Edinburgh. It draws upon Museums & Galleries Edinburgh’s broad-ranging LGBTQIA+ collections which include items related to identity, public and sexual health, community, music, social events, activism, publishing and literature amongst other topics. There’s also an online version of the exhibition available.
Uncovering the Hidden Stories of The Watt institution. The Watt Institution wrote this blog, which highlights various objects from their collection, all with a connection to queer history. Each object correlates with a different colour on the Pride Progress flag.
National Galleries Scotland celebrated Pride month by sharing works of art that showcase love, equality, and acceptance throughout June on their social media channels.
- In 2020, we held a Knowledge Exchange with Sasha Coward, a freelance museum professional, looking beyond the more usual ways of exploring LGBTQ+ narratives in our museums, and ensuring the stories we tell reflect the communities we live in and amongst.
- Queering the museum. In this article from V&A Dundee, Laurie Bassam, Curator and co-founder of the museum’s LGBTQ+ Working Group, discusses the ongoing work the group are carrying out to identify queer objects within the Scottish Design Galleries and bring these stories to life. Find out more about V&A Dundee’s LGBTQ+ working group.
- Historic Environment Scotland have a range of blogs on LGBTQ+ topics such as a brief timeline of LGBTQ+ history in Scotland.
- How can your museum engage children, young people, and LGBTQ+ families? Kids in Museums have created this guide to help museums become welcoming and inclusive spaces for their LGBTQ+ audience.