Welcoming Queer Britain as our new tenants at Granary Square

Queer Britain – members of the team
Queer Britain – members of the team, trustees and volunteers at 2 Granary Square (Director and Co-founder Joseph Galliano pictured front row on the right)

Today we are announcing that Queer Britain will be opening the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum, at Art Fund’s building in Granary Square, King’s Cross, London.

Established in 2018, Queer Britain is a registered charity and aims for the new museum to be a fully inclusive space that celebrates the stories, people and places that are so intrinsic to the queer community in the UK, and beyond. The museum is an inclusive place that promises to welcome everyone regardless of sexuality or gender identity – allowing visitors to explore and learn about the past, present and future stories that the queer community is steeped in.

The museum will be housed on the ground floor of 2 Granary Square, part of the building owned by Art Fund. The lease starts in January 2022 and Queer Britain hopes to be able to open the doors to its new museum to the public free of charge in spring 2022 and will announce its plans and programme shortly. Queer Britain succeeds The House of Illustration as Art Fund’s tenants, who are moving to a larger space.

Jenny Waldman (she/her), director, Art Fund, said, ‘We're delighted to welcome Queer Britain as our new tenants. Their exciting proposal for the first UK museum dedicated to exploring LGBTQ+ histories, people and ideas was warmly supported by our trustees, and we're thrilled that our beautiful building in Granary Square will be home for the first phase of the Queer Britain museum. It promises to be an essential destination.'

Joseph Galliano (he/him), director and co-founder, Queer Britain, said, ‘It’s time the UK had an LGBTQ+ museum, for all. And we are delighted to have found our first home in beautiful Granary Square with Art Fund as our first landlord. It’s a prime location accessible to swathes of the country, and in a part of town with a rich Queer heritage.’

Once open, the space will include four galleries, a workshop, an education space, gift shop and offices for the Queer Britain team. The museum will be fully accessible via lifts and ramps and will always be free entry but welcomes donations to support its work. The ever-growing Queer Britain archive is currently housed at the Bishopsgate Institute (accessible by appointment to the public and researchers). The Granary Square tenancy is initially for two years.

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