Wakefield Museum to hold its first LGBT+ exhibition

09/08/2017, PR8624

​Wakefield Museum's first ever exhibition to celebrate the culture and lives of the LGBT+ community is being launched on Saturday (August 12).

Cllr George Ayre, Deputy Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport
George Ayre, Deputy Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport

​Visitors will be able to navigate themselves around Wakefield museum and library where they will find out fascinating, and sometimes hidden, LGBT+ histories within the collection.

The Rainbow 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.

The lives of LGBT+ people are currently quite sparsely represented in the museum's collections, especially the lesbian and trans history of the district. The exhibition aims to highlight aspects of people lives through objects, some of which have long been a part of the collection.

The stories of the LGBT+ community are told through some of the existing displays – such as a wedding display, on a door from Wakefield prison and through entertainers including Vesta-Tilley, a Victorian dancehall mega-star.

​Cllr George Ayre, Deputy Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: "It's great that the lives and contribution of the LGBT+ community is being recognised and celebrated in our district and I'd like to encourage people to check out the exhibition."

The museum team is 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, and are available for all Wakefield's citizens to see.

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

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