LGBT History and the Ancient World
Queering Display explores how LGBT history has been represented through the display and interrogation of visual culture from antiquity. Sex and sexuality, ancient and modern, had been ‘almost uniformly ignored’ in museums until the last two decades. This chapter considers why LGBT groups began lobbying and working with museums for broader representation, as well as the wider context in which museums have changed their approach to representing sex and sexuality in the ancient world. The main case study is on public programmes held to mark LGBT History Month at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL. The partnerships made and the activities held illustrate the changing nature of museum and community group dynamics, with the museum attempting to become more responsive to needs of the audiences it serves. This chapter finishes with a discussion of the tension between historical accuracy and contemporary identity politics that this dynamic can create.
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