Out in Oxford. An LGBTQ+ Trail of the University of Oxford's Collections

10-02-2017 by Robyn Mason

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Victoria Sainsbury, DPhil Archaeological Science, School of Archaeology, speaks to the BBC about her involvement in co-curating the LGBTQ+ Trail of the University of Oxford's Collections

Out in Oxford is the University of Oxford’s first cross-collections trail of LGBTQ+ histories which are becoming increasingly visible in museums. This inspiring new trail shows how Oxford’s collections reflect the diversity of human cultures and of the natural world. ‘Out in Oxford’ reassuringly reminds us that LGBTQ+ people have always been an integral part of human life and that our varied identities are not limited to the usual set of media stereotypes.

This trail is the result of ‘Celebrating Diversity’, a project funded by Arts Council England via the Oxford University Museums Partnership and created with the LGBTQ+ community. Victoria Sainsbury (DPhil Archaeological Science, School of Archaeology) was one of nearly fifty volunteers who have been involved writing the interpretations and co-curating the trail’s launch events.

Listen to Victoria’s interview with BBC Radio Oxford’s Phil Mercer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04qg08t (jump to 45 minutes).

Further information about the Trail and other events celebrating Out in Oxford can be found here:



Download the booklet for the trail here:



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