From queens, emperors and divine beings, to scientists, artists and global communities, Bridging Binaries explores the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections.
How do labels and categories affect the stories we choose to tell, or how we connect with each other? How do they affect our interaction with the natural world, and how we imagine the future?
Since 2018, the Bridging Binaries team of volunteer guides have been sharing their personal selection of fascinating stories about gender and sexual identity through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects from across the University of Cambridge Museums.
The tours have been developed across a range of the collections from Zoology to Classical history; and as a result each tour is unique. What makes each tour even more unique is that they are delivered by a group of trained up volunteer tour guides who are encouraged to put their own personal spin on their tour.
Following the closure of our museums in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in March, and the introduction of enhanced safety measures, we were unable to offer in person tours, but this enabled us to create more digital content.
Head over to our Discover page to explore some of the stories from the tours, presented by the Bridging Binaries guides.
You can also find:
A series of audio labels created by our guides here
A series of video tour snippets here
Bridging Binaries now
In 2024 the Museum of Zoology are still running their tours - check out their event pages to find out when they are running.
There are also plans afoot at other Museums to bring back their tours soon...so watch this space!
Behind the scenes
Interested in volunteering?
Opportunities to join our friendly group of tour guide will be advertised on our Volunteer Makers page.
Get a guide's eye view of the project in posts by Colin Clews and Kate O'Neill on our Collections in Action blog:
About the project
Find out more about the development of Bridging Binaries on our Collections in Action blog: