LGBTQ events and stories at our places

To commemorate 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality we are telling the hidden stories of the men and women who challenged conventional notions of gender and sexuality at our places. Here is a roundup of LGBTQ stories and events we’re hosting to mark the anniversary.

Hugh Cecil Paget, 5th Marquess of Anglesey
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Taking pride at Wightwick

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, West Midlands

To mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, in 2017 we explored stories of sexuality from the artists, writers and craftspeople associated with Wightwick.

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Henry Cyril Paget, the Dancing Marquess

Known as 'The Dancing Marquess', Henry Cyril Paget, 5th Marquess of Anglesey was considered the 'black sheep' of the family owing to his eccentric behaviour and love of performance and costume.

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Exploring LGBTQ history at National Trust places

In 2017 we marked 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality by exploring the LGBTQ heritage at many of our places.

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Orlando: The Queer Element at Hanbury Hall

Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire

Summer 2017 saw Clay and Diamonds bring a unique theatrical performance to Hanbury Hall

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Explore the art and life of Rex Whistler

Find out more about Rex Whistler's playful artistic style and his life amid the set of the talented, riotous and at times controversial, 'Bright Young Things', a group which included prominent figures such as Noel Coward and Evelyn Waugh.

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Sutton House Queered

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London

Sutton House and Breaker’s Yard is launching a yearlong programme of exhibitions and events developed by, with and for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) communities. As part of the National Trust’s Prejudice and Pride programme, marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, Sutton House Queered aims to question and disrupt, challenge and celebrate.

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Prejudice & Pride at Hanbury

Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire

Look a little closer at Thornhill's famous wall paintings and hidden stories will be shared revealing tales of love in Ancient Greece and Queen Anne’s court.

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EXILE

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

In the autumn of 2017, Kingston Lacy presented EXILE a bold new installation exploring the life and exile of William John Bankes as part of the Prejudice and Pride programme.

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The Story of Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

If you know where to look, there are clues that point to Hinton Ampner's long and storied history, one that stretches back nearly 500 years.

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Exploring LGBTQ history at Knole

Knole, Kent

Knole has been home to and shaped by people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. Discover their stories as the National Trust explores its LGBTQ heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride.

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Virginia Woolf: defying expectation

The author Virginia Woolf was a leading light of the Bloomsbury movement in the early 20th Century. Her life was shaped by her unconventional approach to gender and sexuality.

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Celebrating our LGBTQ heritage: Exhibitions, installations and events at our places

In 2017 we opened up rooms, presented new short films and created fresh displays as we shone a light on the lives of those who helped shape our places.

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Prejudice and Pride at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

You can’t mention the history of Kingston Lacy without talking extensively about the influence of William John Bankes. A huge personality and visionary, William John created much of the house you see today. From the paintings to the door frames, his artistic flare is everywhere. But his story goes much deeper than a typical lord of the manor…

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William John Bankes and his life in exile

Kingston Lacy in Dorset was profoundly shaped by William Bankes, who fled England in 1841 to avoid prosecution for same-sex acts. He had no choice but to leave England and the home he loved but he continued to send back works of art and treasures.

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Smallhythe Place: a creative ménage à trois

Queer history and pioneering spirits: meet the three women of Smallhythe Place who found refuge in this corner of the Kent countryside to express their art, gender and sexuality, living together in a ménage à trois.

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What is queer ecology?

Although it remains a derogatory term in some contexts, the word ‘queer’ has acquired two more positive senses.

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Proud to be part of Pride

Prejudice and Pride is the National Trust's event to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. In Birmingham, staff and volunteers took to the streets for the annual Pride celebrations.

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Discover the Gatehouse Tower at Knole

Knole, Kent

Climb the spiral staircase for panoramic views over the medieval parkland. Explore the rooms once home to Eddy Sackville-West as you go. His music records, gramophone and visitor book bring to life his time at Knole.