BookThis chronology lists the many hundreds of temporary exhibitions at the British Museum between 1838 and 2012. It includes the full range, from early displays of material in a few dedicated cases documented by a slim handlist of objects, to large-scale exhibitions accompanied by fully-illustrated catalogues.
Book chapterFor much of the British Museum's long history it has had a difficult relationship with sex, sexuality, and gender diversity. Most museums and galleries have been reticent to display publicly, or meaningfully interpret, objects that explicitly reflect these themes, or which challenge society’s heteronormative ideals. The museum’s special exhibition program...