Trainer | Producer | Tour Guide
"A leading figure in the world of
alternative museum tours in Britain."
The New York Times
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"A queered museum can definitely
put a spring in your step."
Trainer | Producer | Tour Guide
Dan Vo was the recipient of the inaugural Museums Association 'Museums Change Lives' Radical Changemaker Award 2018.
He is a Victoria and Albert ambassador and founded the volunteer-led LGBTQ+ tours at the museum, which has won three awards: the London region Marsh Christian Trust Volunteers in Museum Learning award 2017, named Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 'Ambassador of the Year' 2016, and the Bringing Innovation London Volunteer in Museums Award 2016.
Currently a freelance museum consultant on LGBTQ+ programing at the National Gallery and Tate Britain, Dan previously developed LGBTQ+ tours for Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd National Museum Cardiff as well as the Bridging Binaries tours for the University of Cambridge Museums: Fitzwilliam Museum, Polar Museum, Zoology Museum, Museum of Classical Archaeology, and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He also helped train the volunteer team of guides for the British Museum LGBTQ Tours.
Dan promotes diversity, equality and inclusion in the UK museum sector as a trustee of Culture 24, Museums Association Transformer and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Arts Marketing Association Future Proof Museums. He is a patron of LGBT+ History Month, a Stonewall BAME Role Model and is on steering committees for the Pitt Rivers Museum Beyond the Binary project and Queer Britain, as well as a member of the Historic England Expert Advisory Group.
During lockdown he was the host of Museum From Home a daily interview on Twitter Live with museum professionals which was picked up for broadcast on BBC Arts and was number 1 trending in the UK on Twitter on April 30, 2020. He also hosts a monthly radio programme on Alphabet Radio broadcasting on Soho Radio Culture Channel called The Past Is Queer.
For nine years Dan managed an independent digital creative media agency in Soho as Head of Production. He also served on the board of AudioUK and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. Prior to moving to London, he was acting station manager and marketing manager of JOY 94.9, Australia's only first and only LGBTQ+ radio station.
Exhibitions and Shows:
Museum From Home
SoundOut: Voices of LGBTQ+ Activism podcast
The Past Is Queer radio programme
Salon Outrē dance, choral and spoken word programming for museum lates
Queer Asia photo exhibition
All Inclusive: Championing Diversity in Museums
Thinktank Birmingham, Manchester Art Gallery
LGBT History in Vietnam
Life and Loves of Frederick The Great
Peter Travis, Wizard of Aus: Ceramics, Speedos and Kites, Oh My!
Queer Stories at the Museum
Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd National Museum Cardiff, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, BBC Academy, British Museum, Central Saint Martins, Charleston Trust, Commercial Crown Service, Courtauld Institute of Art, Fitzwilliam Museum, Imperial War Museum, Museum Ideas Conference 2019, Museums Showoff, National Galleries of Scotland, Reading Museum, Royal Cornwall Museum, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Tate Britain, Tyne and Wear Museums, V&A Museum
What Does a Queer Museum Look Like?
Tate Britain (guest speaker)
Why the V&A Gay and Lesbian Tour is Essential
Within and Without: Body Image and the Self
Museums in the Age of Intolerance
Sharon Heal in Museum Activism edited by Robert R Janes and Richard Sandell
Power and Privilege
Sally Colvin Power and Privilege
Queer Inclusive Museum
Margaret Middleton in Exhibition Fall 2017
Christopher R Linke in New Perceptions of the Vietnam War edited by Nathalie HC Nguyen