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Pride and Prejudice – we need you

23 November 2016 by Matt

logoPride and Prejudice: Bringing stories out of the closet is a groudbreaking project to reveal the sometimes hidden LGBT histories of objects held at National Museums Liverpool’s art galleries and the Museum of Liverpool. The results of what the team have uncovered can be found on the project web pages, with more to be added at the end of this month.

A two year project, there is still much to come in the next 12 months.

In the next few weeks, there are two opportunities to meet the team at the Walker Art Gallery on 30 November, and the Museum of Liverpool  on 10 December. Come and find out what’s planned for 2017 and see how you can get involved.

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The Passing of an Icon – Marky J

16 November 2016 by Matt

marky-jWithin a week of starting on the Pride and Prejudice project at the Museum of Liverpool I found myself in the drag room of Garlands nightclub on a Thursday lunchtime. It was then that I first met Mark Jenkins, famous on the Liverpool scene as Marky J…

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National Museums Liverpool has Pride!

28 July 2016 by Matt

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I remember my first Liverpool Pride, back in 2010. I was finishing off my university year and I stumbled across it quite by accident. Needless to say I had an amazing time and funnily enough I will be having another Pride first this year.

On Saturday, for the first time ever, National Museums Liverpool will have a stall at Liverpool Pride where we’ll be showcasing the work we’ve been carrying out as part of our Pride and Prejudice project. Read more…

There’s no place like Garlands!

21 July 2016 by Matt

Seasons Greetings2This morning we opened a new display – There’s no place like Garlands! – celebrating the iconic Liverpool nightclub,  to coincide with Liverpool Pride, 30-31 July.

About a year ago, I’d just started working on the Pride and Prejudice project and within a week I found myself in the Garland’s drag room uncovering the story of a club I actually knew very little about. Amongst the sequins and feather boas I learned the importance and significance behind the music and sparkle. Read more…

LGBT History Month – get involved

14 July 2016 by Matt

Logo2We’ve some exciting news… Next year, for the first time ever, the Museum of Liverpool will be hosting the North West hub for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month and we need you! Read more…

LGBT collections online – our first themes go live!

17 May 2016 by Matt

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To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO) we have launched the first sections of our LGBT online collections page as part of our Pride and Prejudice project.  The first goal of IDAHO is to raise awareness of discrimination against LGBT people worldwide and use that awareness as a way of promoting activism and dialogue. The second goal is to promote a highly visible, global LGBT event, which in 2014 was celebrated in over 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are still illegal. Read more…

The one and only: Lady Seanne

9 May 2016 by Matt

VoteWorking in a museum it isn’t that often that you see a familiar face pop up from out of the collections, but whilst I was busy doing research for the Pride and Prejudice project I got the feeling I was being watched. The same face peering back at me, a face I knew I recognised but couldn’t quite place. Then it hit me, that’s Shaun!

I’d met Shaun, better known around Liverpool as Lady Seanne, in 2012 when we were both working on the play, ‘Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens’.

Now that I knew Lady Seanne was represented in our collection it gave me the perfect reason to re-connect with Shaun over a drink in The Lisbon, all in the name of research of course! Read more…

Remembering Nelson Asu

29 March 2016 by Matt

MOL.2014.135 Asu2Working on the Pride and Prejudice project I often encounter things that I find familiar, like a bar, or a band. Just as often I find out stories that I had not heard before, some funny, some shocking, and some heart breaking.

Early on in the project we uncovered a copy of APN magazine, from January 1997, with Lily Savage on the front cover. Looking through the magazine I found an article, ‘Murder hunt in Merseyside’, which described the 1996 murder of Nelson Asu. I’d never heard his name before.

Eventually I found myself in touch with Nelson Asu’s sister, Vanessa, and after meeting her I understood that Nelson’s story had to be told. Read more…

Brookie: A few LGBT ‘firsts’ and a kiss that went global

5 February 2016 by Matt

Phil Redmond sitting by a 'Brookside Close' street sign

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Working on the Pride and Prejudice project means that I spend a lot of my time thinking about the story of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans people in Liverpool. February is LGBT History Month in the United Kingdom and this means a whole month where a lot of people are thinking about the history of LGBT people.

Sometimes LGBT history can crop up in rather unexpected places. Did you know that the Liverpool-based soap opera Brookside was responsible for a few LGBT ‘firsts’ not just in the UK but internationally?  Read more…

Eberle Street: cock fights, The Tempest and 250 years of transformation

25 January 2016 by Matt

Garlands New Year's Eve poster with people dressed as Wizard of Oz characters

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Eberle Street, it is one of the main streets in Liverpool’s defined ‘Gay Quarter’ around Victoria Street and Dale Street, and is home to Garlands nightclub and to GBar – but more on those a little later.

Eberle Street is soon to have a makeover with ‘a unique paving and lighting scheme paying homage to the mythical Emerald City, Yellow Brick Road and Judy Garland’. Now, makeovers often lead people who work in museums, especially to me working on the Pride and Prejudice project to start thinking about the past. How did Eberle Street go from being a dark and non-descript alley to being a thoroughfare straight out the Wizard of Oz? Read more…



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