Kitsch but not sinking

23 August 2006 by Sam

lady with pineapple ice bucket in Hello Sailor exhibition

At the Maritime Museum a new exhibition, Hello Sailor! Gay life on the ocean wave, is currently being installed, ready to open on Friday. The exhibition includes a recreation of a sailor’s cabin from the 1960s-70s, complete with evocative props from the era such as the pineapple ice bucket that curator Charlotte Stead is holding in this photo. My grandparents had one of them – but then I suppose everybody’s grandparents did at the time! Who would have thought that one would end up in a museum display?

The exhibition is looking ‘fantabulosa’ so far (as gay sailors would say in polari) so I can’t wait to see the finished thing on Friday.

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