BRADFORD's Peace Museum will explore LGBTQ+ activism in its latest exhibition - Peace OUT.

It aims to share stories of those who have peacefully campaigned for LGBTQ+ rights and explores the impact LGBTQ+ people have had on peacemaking.

A special, free, opening event will be held this Thursday, May 23, from 5.30pm until 8pm, where visitors will be able to drop in and create bunting, share stories of LGBTQ+ activism and find out more about the objects on display.

An official after party will then be held at bar and LGBTQ+ safe space The Brick Box, with music themed around the exhibition.

Featuring newly acquired objects to the museum’s collection, the exhibition is the start of a longer-term project to engage with the history and stories of peaceful LGBTQ+ activism.

It will cover a range of topics, from Pride in Bradford to the fight for equality.

The museum has teamed up with a range of partners, including West Yorkshire Queer Stories, The Brick Box, Kala Sangam and Equality Rainbow Project to create an exhibition to reflect local stories of peacemaking.

Launching 50 years on from the Stonewall Riots, considered a catalyst for the worldwide gay rights movement, the exhibition delves into the history of equality movements, as well as highlighting contemporary LGBTQ+ issues.

As the UK’s only museum dedicated to the history of peace, The Peace Museum explores the history and the often untold stories of peace, peacemakers, social reform and peace movements.

Peace OUT is part of the organisation’s long term vision to diversify its collection and contextualise the issues peacemakers are campaigning for today.

Charlotte Hall, curator at The Peace Museum said: “We’re really excited to share the Peace OUT exhibition with the people of Bradford who made it possible.

"The exhibition is just the start of a longer-term project to engage with the untold history of peaceful LGBTQ+ activism and to diversify our collection.

"One unique thing about this exhibition is that a lot of the objects on display are new acquisitions, which serve to tackle current issues and inform future generations."

Peace OUT opens at the Peace Museum, Piece Hall Yard, on Thursday. The opening event will run from 5.30pm until 8pm.

The after party will be held from 8pm to 11pm at The Brick Box, Ivegate.

To coincide with Bradford Pride on June 1 people are also being invited to visit the museum for a special Saturday opening between 11am and 3pm.

There will be free refreshments and activities, with an opportunity to make pride badges and peaceful placards for the day.

Bradford Pride will begin in City Park at 12pm and there will be live acts and entertainment throughout the day.

For more information, search Bradford Pride 2019 on Facebook.

The Peace Museum is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am - 4pm.

Entry is free.