Queer: A Graphic History

There’s something comforting about picture books. They help us navigate words and worlds when we are learning how to read. For the more mature reader, graphic novels can also have the same impact – big ideas made simple by accompanying images. I recently read Queer: A Graphic History and actually feel somewhat comforted – I think I…

A Queer Blindspot: Terror and Wonder at the British Library

I visited the British Library’s new exhibition, ‘Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination’ last week and don’t think I’ve ever had such strong feelings about an exhibition. The objects are beautiful and plentiful – the exhibition covers so much in terms of content and time-scale. It’s aesthetically breathtaking, and as with Georgians Revealed, hosted in the same…

Queering #MuseumWeek

This week marks Museum Week, and Twitter has been flooded with museums, their publics and academics tweeting about museums with the tag #MuseumWeek. Like #MuseumSelfie a few months ago, which encouraged users to share images of themselves in museums (unless of course in a no photography exhibition), Museum Week has done a great deal to…

Berlin 2013: Diversity Destroyed

As 2013 comes to a close, so too does Berlin’s year-long project, Zerstörte Vielfalt (Diversity Destroyed). The city has seen numerous temporary exhibitions, events, urban memorials and explorations of life stories relating to the culling of diversity by the Nazi regime in the years following 1933, aiming to celebrate the diversity of Berlin today and commemorate the…