Norfolk Museum Service: Expanding LGBTQ Collections

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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.

Alt text: Image of art piece, ‘Duvet of Love’. The Duvet of Love is a full size black duvet cover (1950mm x 1890mm) pinned with 1000s of badges, sorted into colour groups, to make up a mosaic picture of an embracing couple.

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