Sunday, July 21, 2024

This new exhibit in Sidney showcases queer history around the Saanich Peninsula


Venture to the museum and learn something new about our local history!

The Sidney Museum is excited to present the community with a new exhibit titled, Reading Between the Lines for Local Queer History, with a focus on LGBTQ+ history in and around the Saanich Peninsula. 

It officially opened earlier this month and will remain on display throughout June, and after it will become a part of the permanent upstairs gallery!

Featured in the exhibition will be information on local queer history, AIDS, David Tuff’s film Are We Going Backwards?, and items from the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to express the Sidney Museum’s position as an ally to the LGBT+ community,” says Michael Goodchild, Executive Director of the Sidney Museum. 

“Too often, queer narratives are excluded from traditional museum spaces and public knowledge. This display is an important part in our efforts to diversify Sidney Museum’s exhibits and provide an inclusive space that represents all the people of the Saanich Peninsula.”

The museum has also shared that they’ll be participating in a number of Pride events happening throughout the month—including Pride Night at the Sidney Street Market on June 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sidney Pride Festival on June 15th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Their booth at these events will feature a pop-up version of the Pride exhibit, plus some interactive activities for attendees to enjoy. 

Visit the museum’s website for more information on the upcoming Pride exhibit. 

Reading Between the Lines for Local Queer History

  • Where: The Sidney Museum, 2423 Beacon Avenue
  • When: All throughout June, then added to upstairs gallery

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