Museum Activism

Hello all, apologies for the lack of recent updates, I’ve been busy with our big Christmas exhibition (our most successful ever!) and the Clive Jenkins exhibition, I’ll blog about the launch event when I get a moment.

Just a quickie to note that a new volume Museum Activism edited by Richard Sandell and Robert R. Janes is now out. I am delighted to have a chapter in it called ‘Heritage and Queer Activism’, outlining some of the work we have done with LGBTQ+ communities at Sutton House. It was really nice to be able to reflect back over the last few years, and on my PhD thesis when writing this. I hope it will prove enlightening, or at least interesting to those of you in the heritage field. I can’t wait to read all of the other chapters, there is a huge wealth of┬ámuseum innovators.

You can buy the book here (or forward the link to your librarian to buy!) and there is a discount code for 20% off on the banner below, so make sure to order your copy now!

Book recommendation

Just a quick book recommendation:

Fellow, W. (2004) A Passion to Preserve: gay men as keepers of culture. Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press.

It’s a really interesting read, perhaps a bit reductive and stereotyped at times, but it’s basically a collection of case studies about collectors/preservationists who are gay men. He identifies patterns in the attributes his subjects possess, namely; gender atypicality, domophilia, romanticism, aestheticism, and connection-and-continuity-mindedness, all of which he explores at some length.

Definitely recommended (though to be read with a pinch of salt at times!)