The UK’s first ever national LGBT+ museum is set to open its doors in Kings Cross, London, later this year.
The museum – called Queer Britain – will explore the stories, people and places that are central to the LGBT+ community in the UK and beyond. It will be located at 2 Granary Square in Kings Cross, which is owned by Art Fund, the UK’s national charity for art.
Organisers have been putting plans in place to open an LGBT+ focused museum since 2018. They have promised that Queer Britain will be “an inclusive place that promises to welcome everyone regardless of sexuality or gender identity” .
The museum is expected to open its doors free of charge in the spring, according to Art Fund, although a firm date has not yet been specified.
Queer Britain museum will explore LGBT+ community’s ‘diverse histories’
Lisa Power, a trailblazing LGBT+ activist and trustee of Queer Britain, celebrated the news in a statement released by Art Fund.
“I’m really excited that Queer Britain is finally going to have a space to show what we can do and that we’re here for all the community, from old lesbian feminist warhorses like me to young queer folk of all genders and ethnicities. Queer Britain aims to tell our many and diverse histories, and now we have a home to do that from.”
Anjum Mouj, also a trustee of Queer Britain, said: “The UK is finally getting the LGBTQ+ museum it deserves, to reflect and celebrate all our exciting and wildly diverse communities, whatever their sexualities, gender identities, backgrounds, ability or heritage. Community lives in unity.”
Joseph Galliano, director and co-founder of the museum, said the time had come for the UK to have its own LGBT+ focused museum.
“We are delighted to have found our first home in beautiful Granary Square with Art Fund as our first landlord,” Galliano said. “It’s a prime location accessible to swathes of the country, and in a part of town with a rich queer heritage.”
Queer Britain will be made up of four galleries, a workshop, an education space, a gift shop, and it all also be home to offices for the team. Organisers have promised that it will be “fully accessible” with lifts and ramps and entry will “always” be free.