LGBTQ Tours are held at the V&A Museum on the last Saturday of each month at 16.00.
We have been granted a special day and hour on Sunday 14th June 2015 at 13:00. We will then adjourn after an hour or so to the William Morris Cafe where we can network and ask the curators more questions.
registration via Eventbrite:
The V&A is a Charity and donations are welcome although the Tour is Free. Please give generously if you can. The tour is limited to 20 people.
Visitors are asked to come to the Meeting Point in the Grand Entrance (enter from Cromwell Road). Tours run for approximately one hour and are free; you simply turn up. There will be a lot of walking, including steps and stairs. Please let your guide know if you may have difficulty, as alternative arrangements can be made. The tour will explore gender and sexual identities through a selection of objects within the museum’s rich collections.
Items include the impressive Michelangelo’s David, a charming earthenware vase by Grayson Perry, a set of Tom of Finland stamps with sexually-charged imagery, an exquisite gold pendant with pearl border depicting Sappho penning an ode to Venus and a South Asian Kushan sculpture of Shiva as Ardhanishvara (Lord Who Is Half Woman) with intertwined male and female physical attributes. Queer stories have always existed in the museum, but are sometimes hidden; this tour allows them to be shared. Dawn Hoskin co-chair of the V&A’s LBGTQ Working Group says ‘It conveys recognition of LGBTQ communities and individuals as being a valued part of wider societies, and contributing elements of wider social histories, rather than being considered only as a distinct ‘specialist interest’. For example the monumental Florentine sculpture Giambologna’s Samson Slaying a Philistine, hailed as one of the greatest treasures of the V&A, is included because Charles, Prince of Wales, presented it to his boyfriend, the Duke of Buckingham, immediately after being given it by King Philip IV of Spain.
Check out the V&A’s LGBTQ Working Group blog at Out in the Museum
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