Joseph Galliano, the CEO of the project, is planning to open Queer Britain: The National LGBTQ+ Museum, devoted to queer history and bringing together an unparalleled collection of historical, artistic, political and cultural artifacts.
Galliano and team hope to incorporate virtual reality experiences, immersive exhibitions and a vast digital platform to give visitors a 3D experience of LGBT history including race, gender, and orientation to preserve histories which have previously been ignored or hidden.
Currently, plans propose the museum could open as early as 2021.
It has been just over 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality in Britain.
Galliano explains that this museum seeks to bring to light the hidden stories and experiences before they are lost forever: “The history [of LGBTQ+ people] has been recorded in a very piecemeal way and if you just take men, the most visible part of the community, the pre-1960s generation is ageing, we’re losing those stories and a lot were already hidden. If you think about BAME [black, Asian, and other ethnic minority] people, women, and trans people’s stories, which were prioritized even less than the men’s stories, then that’s a wealth of untold material.”