Understanding and creating strategies for LGBTIQ+ inclusion in the GLAM sector

What: Designed for museum professionals, arts workers, public historians and artists this workshop develops practical strategies to increase LGBTIQ+ inclusion in museums and public cultural institutions.

Where: Ira Raymond Room in the Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide, North Terrace Adelaide

When: Thursday 9 November 2017, 10am – 1pm (3hours)

Cost: $60 – Museums Galleries Australia (MGA), Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), and Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) members attract a discounted price of $50.

Tickets: Book your tickets here. Places are limited, so please book early.

It is widely recognised that museums and other cultural institutions have historically excluded certain groups. Social inclusion sets out to counter this. However, if inclusion strategies are to be effective they need to go beyond simply inviting in those who have been excluded. What is required is an understanding of the realities of structural injustices, and a commitment to affirmative and transformative remedies.

In this workshop, we will analyse and evaluate case studies from our own practice, and consider their relationship to an overall LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Action Plan. This will be followed by participatory activities and group discussions designed to assist participants to identify the challenges and opportunities in their own institutions, and develop practical approaches to LGBTIQ+ inclusion.

We encourage participants to bring their own experiences and practice to the discussions including current projects.


Nikki Sullivan is a curator at the Migration Museum. Prior to this she was Associate Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University where her areas of research specialisation included queer studies. She is the author of a large number of academic books, book chapters, and journal articles.

Craig Middleton is a curator at the Centre of Democracy. His research interests are in Australian political history and community engagement in museums. He has previously worked for the Community Programs team at the History Trust of South Australia where he worked with diverse groups, including ethnic and cultural, to co-develop museum programs, events and projects.

Note: this is an inclusive workshop open to everyone, no matter how you identify.

Lunch is not provided but the University of Adelaide offers a range of places to eat. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the workshop.


Where: Migration Museum [82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide] & Centre of Democracy [corner North Terrace & Kintore Ave, Adelaide].

When: 2-3pm, meet out the front of the museum of your choice 5 minutes before.

What: Guided tours of the Migration Museum and Centre of Democracy with LGBITQ+ focus. There will be time after the tour for self-guided exploration of these spaces.

Afternoon Tea and Networking

Where: Migration Museum – 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide

When: 3:15-4pm

What: Join the presenters at the Migration Museum for afternoon tea, networking and a summative discussion.

VIP Feast Festival  Launch and welcome reception for Queer: Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference delegates [optional]

Where: Raj House, 54 Hyde Street, Adelaide

When: 6-9pm

What: Workshop participants are invited to the VIP launch of Feast Festival 2017, which is also a welcome reception for Queer: Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference delegates. This part of the day is an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals in a social environment.

Feast Festival (11-26 November 2017) is Adelaide’s annual festival of arts and culture celebrating diverse sexualities and genders. http://www.feast.org.au/

Queer: Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference (10-11 November, 2017) brings together members of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Queer+ communities, academics, researchers, students, community members and arts workers to explore and discuss histories of LGBTIQ+ life, politics, arts and culture. http://ahhc.com.au/

For more information please contact Nikki or Craig at nsullivan@www.history.sa.gov.au or cmiddleton@www.history.sa.gov.au or call the Migration Museum on (08) 8207 7580 and ask for them.

Presented by History Trust of South Australia in association with Museums Galleries Australia South Australia, and generously supported by Museums Galleries Australia National, Australian Library and Information Association and the Australian Society of Archivists.