The Maidstone Museum launched its first LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer or Questioning) event on Thursday 31 January.
The launch event included a planned activity for the project which saw participants follow a trail through the different Galleries wihthin the Museum to view different objects and reflect on how sexuality and gender have been perceived throughout history.
The aim of the project is to give the LGBTQ community ‘a voice’, and to look at artefacts in a completely different light. The Museum applied to the South East Museums Development fund and received £2,895 to work with over the next 12 months.
Supporting the project were the 35 people who attended the event which included members of the public, an LGBTQ Youth Group from Tonbridge, and Maidstone Borough Council’s Cllr Paul Harper.
Commenting on the launch Cllr Paul Harper said:
”It is known that at least 10% of the population identify as non-straight, heterosexuals, however in Maidstone they are a hidden minority.
“This event (and associated trial), are the start of the Museum celebrating our LGBTQ communities and their heritage and impact. It's the start of an interesting partnership with the LGBTQ community which I am proud to be involved with.”
Those involved in the project will be given an exclusive insight into the collections and will have the opportunity be able to visit other museums who have undertaken LGBTQ projects.
Maidstone Museum is home to a vast collection of fine art and historical artefacts, with over 600,000 items of international importance that are free for all visitors to discover. Find out more about the museum by visiting the website: Maidstone Museum
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