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A ground breaking new heritage display called “Hidden Voices”, opened at Reading Museum on Tuesday 20 January 2015.

The community display is the result of a project led by the local charity Support U.  It will reflect the life and times of Reading’s LGBT community. You will hear hidden voices and see unique memorabilia showing how Reading people have been helping to make discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation a thing of the past.

The project, which has received the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund, saw Support U, lead a programme of research and collect interviews with members of the community who remember a time when it was illegal to be gay. The resulting museum display will present key facts about Reading’s LGBT History and broaden understanding of LGBT issues as they impact on Reading today.

To find out more visit the to the Hidden Voices Project Website.

Tea and Talks at Two

As part of LGBT History Month in February, there will be a series of talks to complement the Hidden Voices display. After the talk enjoy a cream tea in our Palmers café (pick up your voucher from reception when paying).
Adults 16+, 2pm.  £5, pay on the day, booking essential (0118 937 3400)

Tuesday 3 February
Reading’s Gay History Hidden Voices project leaders, Bobby Smith and Lorna McArdle, discuss Reading’s important place in LGBT history.

Tuesday 10 February
Oscar Wilde and the Traditions of Homosexuality Reading University’s Professor Peter Stoneley looks at how Oscar Wilde used historical models – from Greek mythology to Michelangelo - to explore and define his sexual orientation.

Tuesday 17 February
Dunsden is Proud of Wilfred Owen David Woodward of Dunsden’s Wilfred Owen Association gives a portrait of the troubled young life of the poet, Wilfred Owen. Accompanied with recitals by Highdown School sixth formers.

Tuesday 24 February
Out in the Spotlight Reading’s own singing sensation and star of X Factor, Danyl Johnson, makes a special personal appearance, sharing his voice on LGBT matters.

Date updated: 22 Jan 2015

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