Museum to hold first LGBT+ exhibition

28/06/2017, PR8590

​Wakefield Museum's first ever exhibition to celebrate the culture and lives of the LGBT+ community – which includes lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans people, is to take place this summer..

Cllr Ryan Case promotes the  fiorthcoming Rainbow Trail
Cllr Ryan Case promotes the fiorthcoming Rainbow Trail exhibition

​Staff from the Council's museum service are asking residents to share their stories and to contribute historic objects relevant to the district, to be considered for inclusion in the Rainbow Trail display.

The exhibition starts on August 12 and visitors will be able to navigate around Wakefield museum and library, where they will find out fascinating and sometimes hidden LGBT+ histories.

The Trail will also reveal more modern stories, such as Wakefield's link to the Wolfenden Report, published almost 50 years ago, which led to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Cllr Ryan Case, LGBT* Champion at Wakefield Council, is encouraging people to get involved, to share items and tell their stories. The lives of LGBT+ people are currently quite sparsely represented in the museum's collections, especially the lesbian and trans history of the district.

He said: "It's great the lives and contribution of the LGBT+ community are being recognised and celebrated in our district.

"I'd encourage the community to get involved by getting in touch and contributing items, such as clothing, or objects that reflect different aspect of their lives. 

"The museum team are also recording histories with local people and this is a great opportunity for people to share their stories. By getting involved, LGBT+ lives will be better represented in the city museum collections and these wonderful vivid histories will not be lost forever, to all Wakefield's citizens."

​The launch of the Rainbow Trail at Wakefield Museum on August 12, will include talks and short film screenings.

To find out more, and contribute an item, please contact Steven Skelley, Collections Officer via email at slskelley@wakefield.gov.uk or mobile on 07393 762059, or write to him at: Wakefield Museums, Wakefield Council, PO Box 700, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EB.

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