This 2017 display offered glimpses into LGBTQ histories, experiences and lives by examining objects from around the world, covering ancient civilisations right up to today. The display was programmed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act, a law that partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales.
The British Museum have recently developed a touring version of Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories. This exhibition will visit four venues, including Bolton Library & Museum Service.
The British Museum has longstanding relationships with LGBTQ organisations, and the expertise and experience of individuals within these groups helped shape the content of this display. The show was part of a season looking at LGBTQ histories which included a display of David Hockney’s etchings based on Cavafy’s poems in Room 90a.