Lesbian History lives on in collections and displays - formerly
a tricky subject for museums, now a heritage that is being
The Greek statue rooms at the British Museum
were one place where Victorian men could go and look at
the male form without fear of arrest. One of the closing
scenes of EM Forster's gay novel Maurice is set in the museum,
where Maurice's lover threatens to reveal their illegal
relationship to a passing acquaintance.
The Museum of London had an exhibition
“Queer is Here” which is touring London libraries.
It includes photographs of Pride events by Peter Marshall,
as well as looking at gay activism, health, coming out and
bullying in schools.
The large number of gay actors, designers
and writers means that “The Theatre Museum”
in Covent Garden is full of material from glamorous gay
lives. Noel Coward's slippers and dressing gown, John Gielgud's
case and materials by Edith Craig are all permanently on
Plans for an LGBT museum in London is gaining
support from City Hall and across the museum sector so we
can look back and get a clearer historical picture of homophile