Bird la Bird's Travelling Queer People's History Show

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute

Shaw Library, Old Building


Bird la Bird

Bird la Bird


Professor Beverley Skeggs

Professor Beverley Skeggs

Academic Director, Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

Bird la Bird’s Travelling Queer People’s History Show will showcase hidden queer histories of some of the UK’s best known museums and galleries. Bird will present material from her tours exploring sexuality, colonialism, incarceration and working class histories.

Join Bird as she explores the lives, loves and crimes of queer convicts in “Going Down” created for Tate Britain in 2017. “Who Created the Crime?” written in collaboration with Dr Rohit K Dasgupta uncovers the startling link between the National Portrait Gallery and the British colonial laws which outlawed queer sex across the British Empire. The same laws are still on the statute books in over 30 Commonwealth countries.

Bird's outrageous exploration of sexuality, colonialism, incarceration & and working class histories blurs the line between comedy and performance art. This event is part of LGBTQ history month. LGBT history month is celebrated throughout the UK in therapy. Look out for events on social media and on the LGBT history month website.

Bird la Bird is an artist who straddles comedy and performance art. Drawing on her love of history and art Bird has created highly popular queer people's history tours of the V&A, Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery and the City of London.

The event is hosted by the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme, based at LSE's International Inequalities Institute

The performance will be followed by a wine reception from 8pm to 9pm.

Captioned Performance
This show will be live captioned for deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

Photo credit - "Queer Victoria" - Holly Revell


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