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1 Feb 2022

LGBTQ+ History Month 2022

February sees the return of LGBTQ+ History Month, this year with an exciting theme of ‘Politics in Art’. Here at Birmingham Museums’, it has been a few years since we were last able to programme events for the month, for obvious reasons! So, we are delighted to present an exciting collaboration with Fatt Projects to really embrace the creative theme.

“LGBTQ+ history is a part of all our shared history, we’re beyond excited to be taking over Aston Hall and to reimagine it with colour, joy, fun, and a healthy dose of glitter as we welcome families to come and party with us!” Adam Carver, Fatt Projects.

PALAVAR PARTY at Aston Hall (23 February)

Visitors can expect a spectacular line-up of drag and cabaret performers as they travel through the historic rooms of Aston Hall for the most exciting family party Aston has ever seen. PALAVER PARTY will be a space where everyone is free to be whoever they want to be with music, stories and performances. There is a special relaxed PALAVER PARTY of the event in the morning for neurodivergent children and those with physical access needs.

LGBTQ+ Schools Resources

As well as this special event we have produced three new Schools’ Resources to support teachers and students learning about the history of LGBTQ+ activism in Birmingham. The resources include a Birmingham LGBTQ+ History timeline, highlighting key events that have taken place in the city and how Birmingham people have supported national campaigns. There is also a lesson exploring the history of Birmingham Pride and a resource using objects in the collection to better understand LGBTQ+ activism and protest in Birmingham.

Photograph of a UNISON protest © Unison
Photograph of a protest in support of LGBTQ+ rights organised by the trade union UNISON, early 1990s. Photo © Unison.

Whether in person or online I hope we can strengthen your engagement with LGBTQ+ History Month and support the wider LGBTQ+ community.