Welcome to our exhibition!

Our exhibition team comprises of 5 students completing a Museum Studies course at the University of Reading. This exhibition is part of our final year project, and is completely designed, developed and curated by ourselves. Our aim is to use objects to discuss themes and concepts, and create displays to encourage discussion.

2017 is the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Because of this, we decided it was important to use our exhibition as a platform to explore ideas about LGBTQ+ and gender. We started to find stories hidden within the University of Reading’s varied collections, and looked at materials from MERL, Special Collections archives, University Art Collections, Typography Collections, The Ure Museum, and the Herbarium.

We made the most of working with the brilliant staff at University Museums and Special Collections Services (UMASCS), and found that the Special Collections archives were full of surprises…

mills and boon book
This ‘festive’ book is from the extensive Mills and Boon collection that UMASCS holds. A few Mills and Boon books have been used in our exhibition to explore ideas about sexuality in literature, in our ‘Love and Desire’ display.

After discussing various strategies, we decided to split our exhibition up into 5 different displays. Each display covers a different theme, to allow us to explore as many ideas and stories as possible. The titles we chose were: ‘History & Equality’, ‘Culture & Society’, ‘Identity & Self Expression’, ‘Love & Desire’, and ‘Ancient Myth & Transformation’.MC3DDExhibition location map (1)

We then each picked a topic to curate individually. The next post will tell you a bit more about the ‘History and Equality’ display – and keep coming back to the blog to find out how other displays in the exhibition were created.

As a project group we are keen to encourage discussion and share ideas, so feel free to contact us to contact us at museumgeeks@gmail.com for more info – and stay updated on this blog!

See you soon,

Museum Studies Geeks

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