An exhibit at the People's History Museum (c) Nicolas Chinardet – zefrographica

PHM awarded £63,000 for exhibition on LGBT+ rights

Patrick Steel, 19.04.2016
Exhibition celebrates 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexual acts
The People's History Museum (PHM) in Manchester has been awarded £63,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to create Never Going Underground: The fight for LGBT+ rights.

The exhibition and programme will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which saw the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.

It will also explore hitherto hidden stories connected to the political and legal fight for LGBT+ rights, and examine current issues affecting LGBT+ people in the UK and internationally.

For the community-led project the museum has partnered with the Proud Trust, the LGBT Foundation, Proud 2 b Parents, and Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus. Volunteer community curators will be trained by the museum to research stories for the programme and to develop the exhibition.

Catherine O'Donnell, the PHM's engagement and events officer, said: "We're delighted to have received this HLF grant to support Never Going Underground, enabling us to mark this significant anniversary for LGBT+ rights.

"The core of this project is working together with local communities, uncovering fascinating local stories and bringing them to a wider audience. We're really excited to see what is discovered as the project continues to evolve."

Never Going Underground will be on display at the PHM from February to August 2017.

March at Pride with the Museums Association

The LGBT Staff Network at Royal Museums Greenwich is coordinating a plan for museum, gallery and heritage professionals to march together at this year’s Pride Festival in London.

The festival takes place from 10-26 June and the march will take place on 25 June. Those who sign up will march under the Museums Association banner.

If you are interested in joining the march please contact Sacha Coward at giving your institution’s name and how many people you will be bringing with you.