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Queering the Collection

  • Free
  • Workshop
  • British Sign Language
  • Relaxed
Photograph of two people wearing face coverings looking at an oil painting on the gallery wall in an ornate gold frame. Painting title 'Garden of earthly delights'. The painting is filled with nude figures in a vast garden landscape.

What you’ll do

In this workshop you’ll be looking at the museum and its collections through a queer lens. Starting in the ‘Medicine Man’ gallery, you’ll be looking for clues to LGBTQI+ experiences in the historical items on display. You’ll then have the opportunity to share your discoveries and discuss how they relate to contemporary experiences of queerness.

We’ll then move to the Viewing Room, where you’ll be able to examine material from our collections in three case studies. The material on display will be from:

  • the Trans Action Group (TAG) Newsletter
  • the Gardiner Collection of photographs of male/female impersonators
  • and a selection of zines relating to the trans and queer experience.

Finally, you’ll be invited to share your feedback on what material about queer experiences might be included in a future gallery.



Need to know


We’ll be in the ‘Medicine Man’ gallery. You can find it by taking the stairs or the lift to level 1.

Guaranteed place

For this event, booking a ticket guarantees you a place on the day. We advise arriving 15 minutes before the event starts to take your place.

British Sign Language

This event will have British Sign Language interpretation.


This is a relaxed event, which means that if you need to, you are welcome to move around and make noise at any time.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

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About your facilitators

Black and white photographic portrait of Nan Dorrego Carreira

Nan Carreira


Nan Carreira is a non-binary artist working primarily with painting, drawing and participative art, with a special focus on queerness. Nan’s work can be seen as a call to imagine new worlds where traits like vulnerability and self-expression are celebrated instead of being punished and repressed.

Tabs Deadman


Tabs is a Visitor Experience Assistant at Wellcome Collection with a background in social anthropology. Tabs is interested in looking at new perspectives and forms of engagement to think about how museums can explore contemporary social issues.