Challenging histories: what place do lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer identities have in museums and historic houses?

Last month the National Trust’s Sutton House celebrated LGBT History Month with an exhibition called ‘Master-Mistress: passion, desire and ambiguities in Shakespeare’s sonnets’. The exhibition, curated by Sean Curran, raised questions about gender, desire and sexuality in Shakespeare’s sonnets, encouraging the visitor to contemplate the fluidity of such identities in history. To accompany the exhibition, Sutton…