The UK's First LGBTQ+ Museum Opens In London This Year

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 29 months ago

Last Updated 25 January 2022

The UK's First LGBTQ+ Museum Opens In London This Year
Volunteers from the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard dress as the Village People for a fundraiser event held at Heaven nightclub, 27 May, 1982. Image: Robert Workman Archive, Bishopsgate Institute.

The UK's first national LGBTQ+ museum opens in London later this year.

As yet unnamed, the museum will be in Granary Square, King's Cross, inviting visitors to explore the past, present and future stories of the queer community in the UK and beyond.

The fully-inclusive space will feature four galleries, a workshop, education space and a gift shop.

The old warehouse building at granary square where the museum will be
The museum opens in Granary Square, King's Cross in spring 2022. © David Levene

Charities Art Fund and Queer Britain are behind the museum, the latter of which will also have its offices at the Granary Square location. (It's the former residence of the House of Illustration, which has moved on to another location).

Lisa Power (she/her), Queer Britain trustee, said, "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."

The Queer Britain team outside their new King's Cross home.

The Queer Britain archive is currently housed at the Bishopsgate Institute near Liverpool Street station.

Detailed plans and a programme for the new museum are due to be announced shortly. It'll be free to visit.