Russell-Cotes museum’s plan for 2017 is an exciting project for the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK.
Working in partnership with the Bournemouth LGBT community they are creating a stunning new exhibition by exploring the hidden treasures in the collections of the museum.
Duncan Walker – curator at the museum said: “They (LGBT community) are picking themes that they are interested in and we are selecting objects and presenting them and it is kind of discussion.”
The exhibition is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and next year it will replace “Meeting modernism”. With the help of Bournefree, the exhibition aims to raise awareness of the LGBT history and issues.
Galleries and museums across the country are carrying out big exhibitions in honor of the anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality and Duncan Walker said that it is a great chance for Russell-Cotes to reach out to this community.
“Bournemouth is very sexually diverse and as part of this community, we thought we should work with them. We had a successful mini project with the Hindu community Bournemouth and on the success of that, we thought that we should do a bigger thing with a different community.” said Mr. Walker
The curators of the museum and members of the LGBT community are taking inspiration from the founders of the museum – Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes’. They will be able to choose the pieces of art that they like and to create a spectacular exhibition in the galleries from May to October 2017.