Bottoming podcast hosts (Sam Taylor-Edwards)

Museum of Liverpool partners with podcast hosts on new LGBTQ+ audio trail

Image Bottoming podcast hosts Matthew and Brendan (Sam Taylor-Edwards)

Hosts from the Bottoming podcast discuss objects within the museum’s collection through the lens of the LGBTQ+ experience as part of a new audio trail

Visitors to the Museum of Liverpool will be able to tune in to a new audio exploration of some of the hidden stories behind key objects in its collections later this month.

National Museums Liverpool are partnering with Bottoming, the LGBTQ+ mental health podcast on the new audio trail guides, which takes visitors through the Museum with the podcast hosts as they discuss their own experiences in conversation.

National Museums Liverpool said it is hoped that LGBTQ+ visitors to the museum will be able to hear their own experiences represented, while other visitors will have the chance to explore fresh perspectives on Liverpool’s diverse culture.

Subjects of discussion in the audio trail include artwork of Pete Burns by local artist Ben Youdan, the hidden LGBTQ+ story behind a Huntley & Palmers biscuit jar, and the story behind the first anti-homophobia sign to be displayed at a Premier League football club at Anfield in 2011, along with highlights from Liverpool LGBTQ+ nightlife.

Matthew and Brendan from Bottoming podcast said: “We want everybody that visits the museum to enjoy exploring the galleries with us through an LGBTQ+ lens – whether they are in the community or not – and take the stories forward to ensure that our histories are forever shared and celebrated.”

Kay Jones, Lead Curator of Urban and Community History at National Museums Liverpool, added: “I’m really looking forward to visitors discovering lots of new, exciting stories about our collections and displays. Matthew and Brendan take us on a wonderful personal journey, exploring global pop culture icons, inspiring local campaigners and unexpected items hidden in plain sight.”