It seems strange that while London has museums dedicated to clowns, fans, and novelty automatons… we’ve never had one dedicated to LGBTQ+ history.
Well, at long last, that’s finally changed.
Welcome to Queer Britain, the city’s (and indeed, the country’s) first museum of its kind. It’s the result of a determined effort that started back in 2018, when Queer Britain first registered as a charity with the aim of creating the place. Their aim is to help “complete the Nation’s family tree” by shining a spotlight on the lives that have otherwise been confined to the margins of history books.
You’ll find the place on the ground floor of the Art Fund building in King’s Cross’s Granary Square. All told, it’s got four galleries, a workshop, and an educational space, as well as some offices for the Queer Britain team to work from. Oh, and just to rubber-stamp it as a proper museum, there’s a gift shop too.
The inaugural exhibition is labelled We Are Queer Britain, and marks the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first ever Pride march. You’ll be able to see objects and photographs from over a century of queer history, including the likes of Oscar Wilde’s prison cell door, the stage outfit that Years & Years’ Olly Alexander came out in, and a rainbow Hijab.
Of course the venue will aim to be “a fully inclusive space”, and not just by being accepting of all who wish to come in…
…by also by making entry completely free.
NOTE: Queer Britain is open now, Wednesday to Sunday. Entry is completely free, and you can find out more at their website right here.
Queer Britain | 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH
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Main image: 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross
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