Lecture
Gay in the Museum: the impact of LGBTQ heritage

Saturday 23 September 2017,
13.30–14.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

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2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. As such, many public institutions have showcased LGBTQ histories from a wide range of cultures, challenging modern assumptions about desire and identity, and offering a range of queer perspectives on the world.

In this lecture, Richard Parkinson, Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford, and former curator at the British Museum, will discuss the development of a recent book about LGBTQ history. From this personal experience he will consider the need for institutions to display and uphold equal human rights, and the personal impact that even ancient LGBTQ histories can have on all of us.


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