Speakers: Richard Sandell, co-Director, RCMG, Robert Taylor, acclaimed portrait photographer and Matthew Storey, curator, Historic Royal Palaces

Why are some forms of beauty more permissible – some lives more highly valued – than others? This session shares the thinking and process behind a highly ambitious, collaborative project – a bold Black Queer British reimagining of our nation’s story – that set out to engage audiences in reflections around this timely and pressing question.

Led by RCMG, part of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, developed in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, English Heritage and National Trust and funded by Arts Council England, Permissible Beauty launched – as a film and immersive installation – in January 2023, after three years of intensive research and development. This session reflects on the process of working closely with contemporary Black Queer participants and bringing their insights, lives and experiences into dialogue with historic collections to produce an experience that is designed to be affirming for groups who do not typically see themselves celebrated in the nation’s story and stimulating and engaging for all visitors.

May 10 @ 11:15
11:15 — 11:55 (40′)

Theatre 2


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