On 25 July 2020 we launched the digital exhibition, Pride in Our City, in the middle of the COVID-19 national lockdown. We worked closely with colleagues at Yorkshire MESMAC and Pride in Hull to capture lived experiences and provide a space for our local communities and audiences to share their own voices. Providing an authentic experience for all, when our museum sites were closed, was an important goal for us.
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However, the Pride in Our City project didn’t start there; in early 2019 we began by acknowledging that LGBTQ+ narratives were under-represented in our museums. We organised staff training and started to discuss what stories we should be telling and considering how to tell them. We then started researching our collections and the local LGBTQ+ history of Hull, and we teamed up with The University of Hull, with some of the students writing excellent blogs exploring the heteronormative view of history from the modern day.
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We now welcome you to explore, Pride in Our City – a community-led retelling of our collections. This exhibition celebrates Hull’s LGBTQ+ history and documents people’s own experiences of being part of LGBTQ+ communities in the city. We have been working in partnership with our local communities to rediscover the LGBTQ+ stories our collections hold, identifying the importance of these narratives to individuals and to Hull’s rich LGBTQ+ heritage.