Museum of Liverpool Reclaims Shared LGBT+ Histories in New Exhibition

Having previously made waves with their partnership with Homotopia, Museum of Liverpool embarks on a new collaboration with the organization – this time to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. Being a true pioneer in showcasing local stories that stand at the junction between popular culture and social issues, the Museum of Liverpool frames its celebration, appropriately titled ‘Tales from the City’, around stories from the city’s LGBT+ community along these five decades.

Dawn Brayford with Lesbian and Gay Action banner © Dawn Brayford

From 13th October onwards, you’re invited to discover hidden voices through their personal items and official documents, invoking collective memories that reflect how these past 50 years have impacted Liverpool’s LGBT+ community. The curators aim to highlight how social and legal attitudes towards the community have changed since 1967.

Expect everything from costumes to art to oral history interviews as a way of documenting the impact of national events such as Section 28, equal adoption rights, civil partnerships and so on. Whilst most of the keepsakes are firmly grounded in Liverpool history – including objects and interviews related to The Magic Clock pub, material from local protests and even posters from the city’s very first pride – the wide variety of memorabilia collected stands as hard, universal evidence. The exhibition aims to propagate a resounding message: social and legal attitudes have changed human lives, for better or for worse. And, through this exhibition, the losses experienced in some of those lives will finally be reclaimed.

Defy Clause 28 banner at London protest 1988 © Julie Callaghan

“The Tales from the City exhibition is a timely and essential part of the anniversary celebrations and an opportunity to interrogate, reclaim and present our shared histories. The exhibition will further unlock creative energy, empowerment, and connectivity excavating a hidden and marginalised Queer Liverpool.” comments Homotopia Artistic Director, Gary Everett in a statement.

Tales from the City runs until late 2018. For tickets and more information, visit


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