Queer the Pier

Continues to March 2023

Free with Brighton Museum admission, members and residents free

This community curated display peers into local LGBTIQA+ history. Celebrating the lives of the writers, artists, performers, activists and ordinary people who have made Brighton & Hove so fabulous, their stories are brought to life with film and photography, fashion and drag and oral histories.

Part of Be Bold, a series of collaborative exhibitions and events, programmed with Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ communities.

Campaign badges worn by marchers across the South East, c1980s, on loan from local Brightonian and queer collector, Alf Le Flohic


Queer the Pier online

Short films and stories produced by the Community Curators can be found at the Queer the Pier Online page


Tommy and Betty’s collection of personal memorabilia was found in a house clearance sale in Worthing in 2017. It includes a lifetime together of photo albums, all taken on Betty’s Icarex Camera, c1966.
With a career spanning more than 40 years, Peter Burton was known as the ‘Godfather of Gay Journalism’. He wrote most of his work in Brighton on this ADLER typewriter, c1960s. On loan from Torsten Højer’s private collection.
For the Queer the Pier Community Curators, this carousel horse represents what was once an exclusive form of travel becoming a popular attraction for people of different classes who mingled on the pier. It reflects their collective ambition to remember queer stories ranging from wealthy diarist Anne Lister to bookshop manager Bill Butler.


We are aware of an event taking place in Hastings entitled ‘Queer on the Pier’ using a similar logo to our Queer the Pier project. This event is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by the Queer the Pier volunteers, Brighton & Hove City Council or the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust.