Norfolk Museum Service: Expanding LGBTQ Collections

Norfolk Museum Service have been working to increase representation of LGBTQ communities and engage with queer spaces in Norwich. 

Freya Monk-McGowan, Collections Management Trainee at Norfolk Museum Service initiated a LGBTQ heritage project inspired by David Shenton’s ‘Duvet of Love’. The project aimed to commemorate the queer lives of Norwich, improve representation and celebrate the anniversary of 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England. The project contextualised the landmark ruling in a display with the ‘Duvet of Love’ at the Museum of Norwich and through a Queer trail inspired by local oral histories. Ideas around the work feature in this video for the Gay Times Honours– an evening that recognises the achievements of those who have made a vital contribution to the LGBT+ community.



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Image: The Duvet of Love, David Shenton, 2016.