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Curious Arts LGBT History Month Museum Takeover

Enjoy a vibrant celebration of the LGBT community with half term craft activities at the Dorman Museum.

Dorman Museum

25th February 2023 - 10:30am - 3:30pm


Free admission – Suitable for families and all ages to enjoy.

Experience Dorman Museum in all the colours of the rainbow this half-term at our Curious Takeover!

Join us as we celebrate LGBT+ History Month with a day packed full of free, fun, creative activities.

Explore everything the museum has to offer and show your Pride through banner making, clay sculpting, story times and more!

Activities include…

Express Yourself
Dive into our dressing up box and create an amazing outfit that celebrates everything that’s brilliant about you! From your kindness or confidence, to your favourite colour or animal – dress to impress and let everyone know how legendary you are.

Clay Sculptures
Inspired by the Ancient Egyptians: Secrets of the afterlife exhibition, work with our Curious Artist to create your own deities or shabtis through clay sculpture. Take your creations home or donate them to the Museum’s growing collection.

Pride Banners
Join our Curious Artist to create your own mini march banner to represent your family, express your pride or your hopes for change.

Inspired by the LGBTQIA+ communities and allies who’ve campaigned for our rights since the first Pride marches in 1970 and the Steelworkers of Teesside who marched to “save our steel”.

Join Pam the Dinner Lady as they read their favourite binary-breaking picture books. Expect colourful stories that celebrate love, individuality and family.

Protest Poster Making
Key elements of LGBTQIA+ history and culture, art and activism often join forces in the fight for progress and equality. Work with our Curious Artist to create your own protest posters expressing your hope for change. From changes in legislation to a later bedtime – all frustrations are valid!

Zine Making
A form of creative expression, elevating stories and voices that otherwise may not be heard, Zines (small magazines) have quickly become a popular element of LGBTQIA+ culture, particularly amongst young people. Supported by our Curious Artist, create a Zine inspired by your interests and the things that matter to you. From the climate crisis to your favourite bands, the possibilities are endless.

Memories of Middlesbrough
Visit the Teesside Archives team and share your memories of Middlesbrough by adding to our oral history map. From meeting your life partner, to a celebration you’ll never forget, help us to identify the spaces and places Teesside’s LGBTQIA+ community, their friends and family hold dear.

Celebrating Honey
In tribute to much-loved performer and LGBTQIA+ advocate Honey (Martin Greenfield), visit the Nelson Room to gain a glimpse of their career spent performing across the Tees Valley and the globe!

Curious Family Art Trail
Explore the Museum and search for families of all shapes and sizes. Six artworks created by LGBTQIA+ Artists based across the North East, find them all to claim a small prize!

Supported by Tees Valley Museums, Borderlands, Middlesbrough Museums and Arts Council England.