The Michelangelo Trail: A Delve into LGBTQ+ Histories

The Michelangelo Trail: A Delve into LGBTQ+ Histories

Explore hidden LGBTQ+ histories from Torquay Museum’s Collections by clicking on the following object names: 

Roman Coin of Hadrian               Terracotta Statuette of Michelangelo

Egyptian Goddess Isis                 'A Murder is Announced' Novel

Sir Richard Burton                        Jaw Fragment of Cave Lion

Samurai Sword                            Shark Jaws

Angela Burdett-Coutts                 Cave Hyaena Skull

Witch Ball                                     Waddeton Court Figures

Pirates Anne Bonny & Mary Read

Please note some of the LGBTQ+ terminology used in the objects above, although in use at the time, may not be appropriate to use today.

If you're planning to visit the Museum you'll find all the objects from The Michelangelo Trail on display. To find them easily download our trail sheet to your phone/device here or pick it up at the reception desk.


You can download the Trail Sheet as a PDF here.

Please use #TheMichelangeloTrail to share your thoughts about the trail with us on social media.

Research for the trail was done by Will Emery (He/Him) and Iona Tytler (She/They). 

For further information read: 

Why is Torquay Museum creating LGBTQ+ Trail? 

The Museum launches a delve into LGBTQ+ histories

This trail has been funded by Art Fund through South West Museum Development and supported by local LGBTQ+ organisation Proud2Be


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