Queering Spires


Queering Spires


Objects and stories relating to the Museum of Oxford's Queering Spires exhibition and LGBTQIA+ Oxford history.

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Queering Spires 2022 events
Top photo: Queering Spires zine making session with MyNormal
Bottom photo: evening show of Come In, Oxford -a verbatim play inspired by Queering Spires

2022 Exhibition
The original exhibition was displayed in the Town Hall gallery, while the main museum space was being refurbished. When the Museum of Oxford re-opened following the 3-year transformation, we featured a display of some key Queering Spires objects.…

La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita Italian restaurant in Summertown was an unassuming safe haven for some local Trans* people in the late 1980s and 90s. The upstairs room was used as a social space for a local Trans* support group. This member recalls what it was…

The Royal Blenheim
In the 2000s, the Royal Blenheim on St Ebbe’s Street was another queer pub in the centre of the city.Oxford-born artist, writer and intersex rights activist Valentino Vecchietti shares their memories of the pub: “It made us feel welcome and like we…

Women's Centre
In the early 1980’s the Oxford Women's Centre opened on 35-36 Cowley Road. The Centre provided support services for women in the community. These included: a workers’ support group; the new student lesbian group; a lesbian mothers’ group; the women's…
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