British Museum adds five priceless LGBT+ artefacts to its collection to improve diversity

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06/20/2020

The British Museum has added five new LGBT+ artefacts to its collection, improving the diversity of its collection with priceless pieces of queer history. The pieces, which will be permanently displayed at the museum, include a “nine-bob note” from the 2008 nightclub event Gay Shame Goes Macho. The mock bank note features London gangster Ronnie Kray in place of the queen, and is a play on the phrase “queer as a nine-bob note”. Anther artefact that has been added to the collection is a bronze medal depicting a person known as the Chevalier d’Eon. Born in 1728, the Chevalier d’Eon had an illustrious career as a French spy and diplomat. The Chevalier began appearing at Queen Elizabeth’s court as a woman, claiming to have been assigned female at birth, and demanding to be recognised as such by the French government.

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