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Free LGBTQ Tour of the V&A Museum
Visitors are asked to come to the Meeting Point in the Grand Entrance (enter from Cromwell Road). Please allow for enough time to arrive before 16.00hrs, as this is the time we promptly depart for the tour. After the tour, if visitors would like to socialise, it is suggested that visitors meet again at the same meeting point, between[masked] pm. We will then move onto The Hour Glass Pub, on Brompton road. The multi-award winning LGBTQ Tours at the V&A run for approximately 60 minutes and are free; you simply turn up. There will be a lot of walking, including steps and stairs. Please let your guide know if you may have difficulty, as alternative arrangements can be made. The V&A is the world's leading museum of art and design, housing a collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. For the first time, a major museum in the UK has added a volunteer-led and guided LGBTQ objects tour to its permanent schedule. LGBTQ stories of interest can be found in numerous objects within the V&A's rich collections. The tour aims to highlight how such objects can help to recognise and explore the presence of LGBTQ individuals and communities within different time periods and cultures, encouraging discussion of both gender and sexual identities. Volunteer guides will show you a mix of items in the collection. A tour may include the impressive Michelangelo’s David, a charming earthenware vase by Grayson Perry, an exquisite gold pendant with pearl border depicting Sappho Penning an Ode to Venus and a South Asian Kushan sculpture of Shiva as Ardhanishvara (Lord Who Is Half Woman) with intertwined male and female physical attributes. Each tour is different as each guide chooses their own objects, so you can come back many times and have a different experience. To see a virtual tour online, see this link on The i Paper Facebook page: bit.ly/2lUclsn The monumental Florentine sculpture Giambologna’s Samson Slaying a Philistine, hailed as one of the greatest treasures of the V&A, is included because Charles, Prince of Wales, presented it to his boyfriend, the Duke of Buckingham, immediately after being given it by King Philip IV of Spain. Objects range geographically from Europe, South Asia and North America and in time from classical Greece and Rome to Medieval and Renaissance and through to the 21st Century, and include sculpture, paintings, photography, jewellery, ceramics, furniture, fashion, costumes, and posters! Queer stories have always existed in the museum, but have often been historically hidden from visitors; this tour allows them to be shared. Dawn Hoskin co-chair of the V&A’s LBGTQ Working Group says, "it conveys recognition of LGBTQ communities and individuals as being a valued part of wider societies, and contributing elements of wider social histories, rather than being considered only as a distinct ‘specialist interest’." The tours have attracted thousands of visitors since they started in 2015, and are a statement to all LGBTQ visitors to the Museum that they are accepted, respected and welcome. For more information visit the V&A website Why the V&A LGBTQ Tour is Essential or direct any questions to your host V&A LGBTQ Tour Guide Dan Vo @dannouveau or email [masked]

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