Who have we worked with?
The project’s major funder is the National Lottery Heritage Fund. TORCH have supported the project’s digital event series.
Rebecca Colmer; Catherine de Guise (She/Her); Harriet Haugvik (She/Her); Dan Laurin (He/Him); Lance Millar (He/Him, They/Them); Shakira Morar (She/Her); Zoe Nunn (She/Her); Meg Roberts (She/Her); Matthew Scott; Sophie Seeyave (She/Her); Cameron Wallis (He/Him, They/Them).
Beyond the Binary Project Team
Project Officer, Hannah Bruce (She/They); Project Researcher, Mara Gold; Project Curator, Jozie Kettle (She/Her); Collections and Exhibitions Officer, Olivia Sharrard (She/Her); Cameron Wallis (He/Him, They/Them), Social Media Assistant, Andrew McLellan (He/Him) Head of Public Engagement, Zena McGreevy (She/Her) Exhibitions Officer.
Beth Asbury (She/Her); Braudie Blais-Billie; ButCH; Dotty Clay (They/Them); Sarah-Joy Ford; Thomas Hendriks; Jason Kattenhorn; Jenna Lee (She/Her); Kelsey Lee; Jessica McMann (She/Her); Oxfordshire Drag Collective; Régis Samba-Kounzi; Suzy Prior; Jon Sleigh (He/Him); @stickersftw; Stonewall; Trans Happiness Is Real; Valentino Vecchietti (She/Her, They/Them); Elijah Wells (He/Him); Patrick Wolf; Ela Xora; Beyond the Binary Young Filmmakers; My Normal.
Special thanks to the public who attended the project and exhibition development workshops and events; to the Pitt Rivers team who have supported the exhibition in countless ways and the Beyond the Binary Steering Group.
At the start of the project we had the following aims
1. Collaborate with partners to bring varied LGBTQ+ lived experiences, stories and histories into the heart of the Pitt Rivers Museum
2. Be a space in which difficult histories, including the impact of colonialism on ‘queer’ lives across the globe, can be reflected on, acknowledged and the legacy of colonialism in the present, including in the museum space, disrupted
3. Work co-creatively with local, national and international partners to highlight human histories that are currently under-represented in the Pitt Rivers Museum and at heritage sites in general
4. Develop and test an ethical framework for collecting by working with partners to acquire new items that highlight and celebrate traditions of gender and sexuality ‘non-conformity’, and items that communicate the continuing impact of colonial ways of categorising and regulating sex and gender in today’s world
5. Explore the effectiveness of adopting a non-binary approach to curating, collecting and museum engagement work, where questioning and a multiplicity of perspectives within interpretation is central, and a singular curatorial voice and presenting absolute answers is challenged
6. Shape Pitt Rivers Museum as a welcoming space so that no individual or group feels excluded from the museum because of their sexuality or gender, and so that all visitors, however they might identify themselves – can understand humanity better
7. Co-creative approaches will inform all areas of work, with project partners shaping all areas of the project in meaningful ways
8. Takeover the museum’s programming, collaborating with community partners to develop events, activities and interventions that will generate awareness and visibility of LGBTQ+ heritage
9. Recognising the museum’s limitations and gaps in our knowledge, expertise and experience, we’ll work with partners to examine our own practices and biases, and to ensure that expertise from people with LGBTQ+ lived experiences shape the project as it develops
10. Ensure that learning from the project will inform not only the policies and practices of the Pitt Rivers Museum, but also our partnership museums locally and nationally
Feedback from our collaborators and from the public at events has been crucial to the project, shaping our ways of working and the programme along the way. We are grateful to our evaluators, ButCH, who have devised creative ways to capture and interpret feedback. Once the project has ended, we will continue to collect and monitor feedback via the museum’s social media platforms, including the project’s twitter account: @BeyondBinaryPRM #PittBeyondBinary. We will publish the end of project report on this webpage later in 2021.