LGBTQ+ Collections at University of Glasgow

a colour print of two seated womenThe Hunterian and the Library's Archives & Special Collections teams are working with staff and students from across the University to explore the collections through an LGBTQ+ lens.

We are at the start of a new process to create digital resources, plan events and consider new ways of collecting to allow for more inclusive practice

Project updates, events and new resources will be added to this page.






image: "Two Women", Robert Colquhoun, 1930 - 1960.  The Hunterian GLAHA:17465


Get involved

We are keen to involve the University community in this work.

Join our mailing list to be kept up to date.

(University of Glasgow Staff and Students should use their UofG email address).

Join the LGBTQ+ Collections Mailing List


Come along to one of the monthly gatherings taking place at 1pm on the last Wednesday of each month in the Hunterian Museum. These gatherings start on 23rd Feb under the title of the LGBT Fabric of the University


The LGBTQ+ Fabric of the Universty 

Wednesday 22 March, 1-2pm, Hunterian Museum. 

In a new collaboration with UofG GUEST  we are joining forces with their Climate Cafe in the museum.  Join us and let's see where the conversation takes us!

Free & Drop in.


Fabric and story submission

If you would like to submit a piece of fabric along with story for inclusion in this project, you can do so at the above event. The online form below allows you to record your story about the piece and gives us permission to use both the fabric and the text in this project.

Submit your LGBTQ+ Fabric story

LGBTQ+ Collections Stories

Lesbian & Gay Welfare article in UofG Student handbook 1986, cropped to view top half

We will be inviting guest blog commentaries and sharing new collection guides to inspire new stories.

If you are interested in contributing to this process, see the "Get involved" section below to find out how.

If you just want to enjoy other people's reflections, keep scrolling...







image: An article in the UofG Student Handbook, 1986, University of Glasgow Archives & Special Collections (DC157/18/95)

LGBTQ+ Stories

Rauschenberg and Johns

Belen de Bacco, UofG student explores the professional and romantic partnership of artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.

The Collections

The University of Glasgow has been acquiring collections to meet the ever-changing needs of research and teaching since the 15th century, and later for public enjoyment and learning. As a result there is a vast range of material available to be viewed or used by staff and students today and we encourage the use of the collections to offer new perspectives on the past.   

The Hunterian Collections

Archives and Special Collections

Search the Collections



LGBTQ+ Collections Working Group - who we are and what we want to do

What we aim to achieve

The Aim is to ensure that the LGBTQ+ community is well represented across the University’s heritage collections and has clear channels through which LGBTQ+ stories can and will be told.  We want to ensure that our public spaces, both physical and digital, are inclusive and welcoming to all. 

The project's Working Group will drive project outcomes (e.g. digital content; display interpretation; event programming) to address these discrepancies and to offer an outlet for LGBTQ+ perspectives.

Download Full LGBTQ+ Collections working group Statement of Intent 2021

Project Team and Working Group Membership 

Project Team Members can take on one or more of these roles: 

Working Group: project planning, policies & protocols; regular meetings; content and programming decisions 

Collections Practitioners Sub-Group: dealing with collections related issues; reporting back to working group 

Contributor: select objects; research stories; write narratives; create content 

Ambassador: interested observer; share and promote; comment and interact 


Working Group Membership includes

  • representatives of LGBT Staff and Student Societies
  • staff and students experienced in using collections for their research and teaching
  • collections and engagement staff from The Hunterian and the Library.