Side view, large hollow blue and white porcelain garden seat, Jingdezhen, 1573–1620 © The Trustees of the British Museum lent by kind permission of the Trustees of the Sir Percival David Foundation

UK museum showcase 

The British Museum is proud to work in partnership with over 250 museums across the UK through touring objects and sharing expertise.

While many museums remain closed, our partners have responded creatively to engage with audiences unable to visit their physical space. Explore a selection of highlights from partner museums across the UK, including responses to lockdown and reflections on Pride Month 2020.

National Museums Liverpool: LGBTQ+ collections

National Museums Liverpool: LGBTQ+ collections

An online collection of objects from across National Museums Liverpool sites reflecting LGBTQ life and culture in the city. Discover previously hidden LGBTQ histories and contemporary reflections across art, social activism and more.

Explore LGBTQ+ collections

Royal Pavilion and Museums: Queer the Pier

Royal Pavilion and Museums: Queer the Pier

Take a look at this community-curated display celebrating the lives of LGBTQ writers, artists, performers, activists and ordinary people in Brighton and Hove. The accompanying blog series delves deeper into the stories behind the objects and the people who have made the city so vibrant.

Explore Queer the Pier

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery: LGBTQ+=Me

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery: LGBTQ+=Me

Make your own zine inspired by LGBTQ+=Me, an exhibition by Hastings Museum and Art Gallery and co-curated by young people who identify as LGBTQ. Use the resource to get started and explore the key themes that inspired the exhibition, then share your creative responses at #HastingsDigitalMuseum.

How to make your zine

Manchester Museum in Quarantine

Manchester Museum in Quarantine 

A specially developed mobile site launched at the start of the UK-wide lockdown with a huge range of uploaded digital material, aiming to entertain, educate and create wonder.

Explore Manchester Museum in Quarantine

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery: Mindful Museum

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery: Mindful Museum

A series of short videos offering listeners a mindful exploration of artworks and objects held in the collection of Shropshire Museums. The videos encourage listeners to 'look, to breathe and to be curious', says creator Lindsey Kennedy.

Watch Mindful Museums

 

Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum: Create your own 3D model

Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum: Create your own 3D model

A great tutorial created by one of our National Lottery Heritage Fund Museum Futures trainees to scan your own objects using your smartphone to make digital 3D models. Part of a wider virtual museum developed during the lockdown.

Create your 3D model

Durham University Oriental Museum: Pushing Paper: Contemporary drawing from 1970 to now

Durham University Oriental Museum 
Pushing Paper: Contemporary drawing from 1970 to now

An online resource and virtual experience of the currently closed British Museum touring exhibition Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to now. Here's a chance to see and read about these fabulous works while the museum is closed.

Explore the exhibition

York Museums Trust: #CuratorBattles

York Museums Trust: #CuratorBattle

Yorkshire Museum has launched a weekly #CuratorBattle on Twitter to challenge museums and visitors to put forward objects related to a particular theme. The tweets have prompted a great selection of the creepiest, sassiest and most magical objects from around the world!

Join the #CuratorBattle