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Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories

  • Where:
    Shire Hall Historic Courthouse, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UY
  • When:
    21 September to 17 November
    10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Every:
    Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Next On:
    September 21st 2019 at 10:00am
  • How much:
    FREE! (with annual pass)
  • Contact:
    01305 261849
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Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories
Same-sex love and desire and gender diversity are integral to human experience. The way they have been expressed culturally has varied widely globally and over time. Based upon Professor Richard Parkinson’s award-winning book, ‘A Little Gay History’, this exhibition offers glimpses into LGBTQ experience through the British Museum’s collection.

Ranging chronologically from ancient history to the present day, the display challenges us to question our assumptions about the past. As well as famous figures like the poet Sappho, and the Roman emperor Hadrian and his beautiful lover Antinous, the display also reflects the experiences and lives of those whose names are lost to us, what the novelist E.M. Forster memorably described as a
‘…great unrecorded history.’

Modern and contemporary works by artists such Augusta Kaiser (1895-1932), Bhupen Khakar (1934-2003), David McDiarmid (1952-95) and Otsuka Takashi (b.1948) reflect more recent perspectives.
21 Sept – 17 Nov, 10 – 5pm

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