In recent years, the museums have provided an accessible, family-friendly hub for celebrations on the weekend of Pride in London. This year celebrations will move online and coincide with the launch of ‘Pride Inside’, pioneered by Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride.
The 2020 online celebration provides an opportunity for those who would have taken part in Pride in London events to come together and celebrate on an online platform. RMG’s Pride celebrations aim to centre those who may not have been able to attend the Pride in London parade and may have found themselves cut off from their communities by lockdown. The weekend has been designed with accessibility in mind, through work with Queer disabled communities, Queer communities of colour and RMG’s LGBTQ+ Family Network.
Pride brings RMG together with local community groups to highlight queer stories in the collection. RMG’s LGBTQ+ Family Network will meet for a live online session and those partaking in the weekend’s activities will be encouraged to share their art via social media.
RMG will mark this year’s festivities with online performances from Quiplash, Adam All, Bird la Bird, ShayShay and Lady Shaka. Activities for all ages will include creating badges, taking inspiration from Museum’s collection of polar badges, designing a Pride ship at home and joining the virtual parade.
For more information about Pride 2020 at Royal Museums Greenwich visit https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/LGBT.
Saturday 27 June
Pride and Polar Badges Craft
Pride in Polar is a community that brings together LGBTQ+ scientists working in the Polar Regions. Inspired by the Pride in Polar badges in the Museum’s collection, and the rainbow they incorporate, this craft activity shows you how to create your own badge celebrating you and your identity.
LGBTQ+ Family Network Live Session
This Network, hosted by RMG, usually provides a safe space for local LGBTQ+ families to meet one another, get involved in creative activities for all ages and explore the stories within our collection. For Pride 2020, we’re taking this online for a live session.
Session access via closed Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/647598599306675/) for Network members.
My Favourite Thing – Huw Griffiths
In this series, we ask staff and friends of RMG about their favourite thing in the collection – Marine biogeographer Huw Griffiths tells us about Polar Badges.
The Armada Portrait with Bird la Bird
This performance piece explores queer and class themes in the Armada Portrait in an entertaining and tongue-in-cheek way that creates contemporary relevance for Elizabeth I. The performance video is accompanied by an audio-description file and autism friendly introduction.
Facebook Live Discussion – Queer readings of the Armada Portrait
Hosted by National Outreach Curator at Royal Museums Greenwich, Matty Pye. Featuring artist and campaigner Daniel Lismore, performer Bird la Bird and Dr Kit Heyam, interdisciplinary scholar on medieval and early modern gender and sexuality.
Sunday 28 June
Pride Parade Craft
Inspired by the long history of LGBTQ+ communities at sea, create your own colourful ship with lots of rainbows and bunting. We might not be able to celebrate Pride with a parade, but we can still celebrate at home.
Deep Sea Dancing with ShayShay
Get your household together and dance along with Drag Artist ShayShay.
My Favourite Thing – Adam All
In this series, we ask staff and friends of RMG about their favourite thing in the collection – Drag King Adam All reveals their choice of item.
Online Reading with Lady Shaka
Join Lady Shaka, a multi-disciplinary artist from New Zealand of Afro-Polynesian descent, as she reads her own spoken word poetry.
Discussion of Merpeople with Quiplash
Performance duo Quiplash take the audience on a deep dive on the topic of merpeople and the symbol of the mermaid.
For more information on the virtual event visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/LGBT