The Museum of Everyday Objects That Makes Transgender Lives Visible

The Museum of Transology is the largest collection of trans-related objects in the UK. Curator E-J Scott tells us why trans people need to assert their place in museums everywhere.

by Zing Tsjeng
16 January 2017, 4:15pm

Photo by Katy Davies courtesy of Fashion Space Gallery

When trans curator and fashion historian E-J Scott went into hospital for surgery, he kept everything from his room: the hospital gown from one of his procedures, the needle used for his morphine prescription, the pillowcase off his bed, and even the cups that nurses gave medicine in. "I'm a collector," he says. "I always have been."

Fifteen years on, his personal collection has grown into the Museum of Transology, the largest collection of trans artefacts and photographic portraiture ever to be displayed in the UK. Over a hundred transgender people have contributed their own deeply personal objects to the crowdsourced exhibition, which opens at the Fashion Space Gallery in London this month.

"It's been the most complex thing I've ever done curatorially in my whole life," Scott says. "There are objects in there that are over 20 years old."

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