LGBT+ Objects – Resources from the past for discussing gender and sexual diversity today

The Ain Sakhri sculpture at the British Museum is considered the oldest known sculpture of two lovers

Across the UK, museums and archives hold many objects which reveal to us the diversity of ideas about gender and sexuality throughout world history.

From 11,000 year old sculpture to modern day pin badges, this website showcases just some of this incredible material, together with free lesson ideas for using each object as the basis of LGBT+ focused discussions within Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) as part of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons, other school subject, or out-of-school youth activities.

This harnesses the Sex & History methodology which has found that objects from the past have a powerful way of creating distance from contemporary concerns and at the same time providing an important critical perspective on today’s attitudes and assumptions.

Gender pronoun badges from the People’s History Museum, Manchester

Our museum partners include:

  • British Museum
  • Freud Museum London
  • National Museums Liverpool
  • People’s History Museum in Manchester
  • Victoria & Albert Museum

The website was developed in response to the theme ‘Citizenship, PSHE and Law’ for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month 2017, a project by Schools OUT UK.

Visit the LGBT+ Objects website to access the free resources!

This project is generously funded by Schools OUT UK and Wellcome.