Welcome to the British Museum in the Google Cultural Institute. Here is a selection of materials telling the story of the famous Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo.
Some scholars have suggested that Hor and Suty were a male couple. Though possible, this interpretation is highly unlikely.
In the inscription the men refer to one another as: My brother, like myself, whose ways pleased me, For he had come from the womb With me on the same day. This is usually interpreted as meaning that Hor and Suty were twins, a view that is almost universally accepted.
In the 1800s and early 1900s, museums provided one of the few places where members of the public could openly and respectably gaze at representations of naked bodies.
The novelist E.M. Forster used the British Museum’s classical galleries as the setting for an important scene in his novel Maurice. Here the sexual attraction between the two main male characters develops into romance and an enduring relationship.