On 11 February the University of Oxford’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) launch an innovative new project Out in Oxford. Spearheaded by the Pitt Rivers Museum and funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Out in Oxford explores items from across the University’s collections.
Through public events, a new website and a specially commissioned printed trail, Out in Oxford provides platforms for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) and allies to speak out about the fascinating, important and often overlooked queer histories that exist within the University’s collections.
Through collaborations between curators and volunteers, new perspectives are being foregrounded and personal experiences shared as staff and the public queer the collections. Central to the project is a specially commissioned trail. With all interpretation newly written by project volunteers, the Out in Oxford cross-collections trail provides fresh and personal perspectives on some of the iconic and also lesser known items cared for by the University.
Launching on 11 February at Out in Oxford: Party at The Pitt and available throughout 2017, visitors can download the trail from the Out in Oxford website, or pick up a copy at the Ashmolean Museum, the Bate Collection, the Botanic Garden, the Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Museum of the History of Science and the Weston Library.
At the Bate Collection, a pink plastic recorder will invite visitors to think about how certain colours have been used alternately to victimise and celebrate LGBTQ+ people.
Ticket links and more information can be found here.