Exhibitions on Screen

One of the most difficult elements of researching and writing about past exhibitions is grasping how they looked and how they felt to walk around. Even though some exhibition plans are available in museum archives, these documents don’t always give a real insight into how the exhibition was laid out, or the route the visitor would…

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…