image for Exhibition item typeThe Rainbow Trail at Wakefield Museum

Exhibition, Sat 12 Aug - Sun 31 Dec 2017, free entry

The Rainbow Trail

The Rainbow Trail


Museums Team

01924 302700


Wakefield One,
Burton Street,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 7 Oct - Fri 22 Jun A Day in the Life
Mon 2 Oct - Fri 22 Jun The History of Rhubarb
Sat 12 Aug - Sun 31 Dec The Rainbow Trail
Sat 16 Dec Family Fun
Sat 16 Dec Victorian Father Christmas at Home
Sat 23 Dec Family Fun


To celebrate Wakefield Pride and to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminilisation of homosexuality in England and Wales the Rainbow Trail reveals some of Wakefield’s often hidden LGBT+ histories.

A number of objects feature in the main galleries at Wakefield Museum, visitors will be offered a trail guide, designed by artist Liz Kay, and invited to spot rainbows highlighting these.

Objects include Pride paraphenalia, a prison door, a drag outfit and the Vesta Tilley plaque.

There will also be objects in the Library and a selection of LGBT+ books will be available to borrow.

In Create Café a set of 6 portraits have been commissioned illustrating LGBT+ icons who are from Wakefield or linked to Wakefield. A set of postcards of the portraits will be available to take away.

The atrium cases at Wakefield One are also included in the trail. The upper cases will be filled with balloons (one case in the rainbow flag colours, the other in the trans-gender flag colours) - these will be displayed for about a month. The lower atrium case will contain an installation celebrating LGBT+ music stars and their influence on society.

Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 12 Aug - Sun 31 Dec 2017


Free entry



See location of Wakefield Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 330209  Lat: 53.68351 Long: -1.50182

By Road:
Follow signs for Wakefield City Centre. Located behind Wakefield's County Hall.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups