February is LGBT History month and Preston is getting involved by putting on events to celebrate.
The Harris Museum has put on several events throughout the month which promote discussion and education on LBGT history.
The month began with ‘Harris Late’ on February 5th, artist Jez Dolan was at the museum discussing ‘Polari, The Lost Language of Gay Men’.
Polari was a secret form of language mainly used by homosexual men in London and other cities during the twentieth century.
Artist Morgan Dowdall was also at the event for an inclusive LGBTQ clay workshop.
This evening from 6 pm till 7 pm is the ‘Harris LGBTQ Working Group‘, a free event to explore and talk about The Harris collections.
This is an informal group that meets monthly, currently, they are “producing a trail of objects in the Harris collections which members of the group are interpreting from a personal, LGBTQ perspective.
Upcoming later on this month, The Harris will be welcoming Travis Alabanza, a writer, theatre-maker and performer.
Travis will give a talk on their poetry and theatre work and will be sharing advice for queer artists just starting out in their creative careers.
You can book tickets for the event here, which is on at The Harris from 6:30 pm till 8 pm on Thursday 20th February.
The Preston Pride Committee will be at The Harris on February 26th, there is a consultation evening from 5:30 pm till 7 pm to discuss and plan the future of Preston Pride.
The final LGBT History month event will be a lunchtime talk about LGBTQ resources and recent projects at both The Harris and Lancashire Archives.
This will be at The Harris on Thursday 27th February from 1 pm till 2 pm, you can book your place here.
Hilary Machell, from the Harris Museum Art gallery & Library, commented on how important she feels these events are.
She said, “At the Harris, we think it’s vital that everyone feels comfortable visiting and enjoying what we do,
“For a long time, LGBT people haven’t been very visible among our collections, or the collections of other museums around the country,
“So we’re proud to be actively supporting the LGBT community by taking part in LGBT History Month,
“In fact, we have a long term programme of activities which aim to get LGBT people making decisions about what we collect and display, to make sure that they are fully represented in what we do, now and in the future.”