Museums, Society, Inequality

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Representing lesbians and gay men in British social history museums

Angela Vanegas

Few, if any, museums adequately represent the lesbians and gay men they serve and most fail to identify their contributions to society. One of the reasons for this exclusion is institutional homophobia. This chapter will look at some examples of positive representation within exhibitions, the difficulties faced by curators in achieving this and public reaction to displays. It will focus on a method of collecting material from lesbians and gay men that gives them control over their representation.


Lesbian and gay material in collections

In 1994 Gabrielle Bourn contacted twenty British social history museum departments and asked what lesbian and gay material they had in their collections (Bourn 1994). She found that Leicester Museums had Joe Orton’s life mask and several had some ephemera and badges. In addition, the Victoria and Albert Museum had clothes collected for their Street Style exhibition. Only five museum services were actively collecting such material: Glasgow, Stoke-on-Trent, Hackney, Islington and Enfield (ibid.: 8).

Six years later, I contacted the same departments to find that little had changed, except that the Museum of London had taken in about fifty items from their Pride and Prejudice exhibition. Only Tyne and Wear Museums appeared to be actively collecting lesbian and gay material, as part of a larger contemporary collecting project called Making History. This year-long project will involve about 200 people, each of whom will be asked to donate five things that they feel represent their lives. Twenty of them will be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transvestite or transsexual.

And so, at the start of the twenty-first century, most British social history collections contain little or nothing to represent lesbians or gay men and few curators are doing anything to rectify the situation. The reasons they gave for this lack of action were diverse.

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