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
Article

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.

Article

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.

Article

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.

Article

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

Article

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.

Article

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.

Article

New film for Sutton House: ‘Inclusion’ a community collaboration

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London

New recruitment films for Sutton House: ‘Inclusion’ a community collaboration

Article

girl.boy.child at Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe Place, Kent

Renowned singer songwriter David McAlmont delves into the closets of the UK’s historic houses to explore LGBTQ histories and their contemporary significance to create a new performance, girl.boy.child coming to Smallhythe Place on Saturday 18th August 2018.

Article

Simeon Solomon explored

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, West Midlands

Watch three videos that explore the tragic life and work of the Pre-raphaelite artist Simeon Solomon as we mark 50 years since the partial de-criminalisation of homosexuality.

Article

How we are challenging our history

We’ve launched a new programme to reflect national anniversaries and public debates. This year we’re focusing on women’s suffrage and history as we mark 100 years since some women were first granted the right to vote. We are looking for academic institutions and heritage organisations to help us explore and research the hidden stories of our places that resonate today.

Article

Sutton House presents: Never Gonna Dance Again

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London

Never Gonna Dance Again is a season at Sutton House dedicated to celebrating London's Queer nightlife and the importance of these cultural spaces to our communities.

Article

Stephen Fry reveals previously untold LGBTQ history

Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate, Norfolk

Stephen Fry has narrated a short film called ‘The Unfinished Portrait’, which reveals new information about the fascinating life of Felbrigg Hall’s last squire, Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer.

Article

Celebrate Pride in June

York’s three National Trust places are delighted to celebrate Pride throughout June with reduced entry offers and news of an exciting artist in residency event we’d love you to get involved in.

Article

LGBTQ stories at National Trust places in Kent and East Sussex

Many of our places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. We join the dots between the people whose collective LGBTQ story started over 150 years ago.

Article

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.

Article

Queering the Art Classroom exhibition

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London

Curated and designed by Queering the Art Classroom, Sutton House is hosting an exhibition from GCSE pupils exploring topics of gender and sexuality in art.

Article

Prejudice and Pride our LGBTQ Artists-in-Residence

This year we worked with two national artists in residence, Simona Piantieri and Michele D’Acosta, to respond creatively to the LGBTQ heritage of our places and create three short films that tell the broader story of the importance of this heritage across over a hundred years of history.

Article

The romantic friendship of Jane Carlyle and Geraldine Jewsbury

Discover another side to literary London through the romantic friendship of Jane Carlyle and Geraldine Jewsbury.