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, as of this spring, all that’s finally about to change.
Because that’s when the ribbon is officially going to be cut on Queer Britain. It’s the city’s (and indeed, the country’s) first museum of its kind, and 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.
The venue will be housed on the ground floor of the Art Fund building in King’s Cross’s Granary Square. That’ll give them room for four galleries, a workshop, and an educational space, as well as some offices for the Queer Britain team to work from. Oh, and a gift shop.
They haven’t yet released their programme but the aim, as you might expect, is to “celebrates the stories, people and places that are so intrinsic to the queer community in the UK, and beyond”. In preparation for the space, Queer Britain have been building a vast archive of lesbian & gay art, objects, and news media, as well as a library of around 10k LGBTQ+ titles. Helping to turn all of that into shows will be the museum’s advisory group, which includes talents like Clare Barlow (who leads the curator team at the Science Museum) and Sandy Nairne (former director of the National Portrait Gallery).
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 set to open this spring. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more ay the Art Fund’s website right HERE.
Queer Britain | 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH
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Main image: 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross