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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The Gatehouse Tower at Knole

Knole, Kent

Climb the spiral staircase for panoramic views over the medieval parkland, and explore the rooms once home to Eddy Sackville-West as you go.

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Stephen Fry reveals previously untold LGBTQ history at Felbrigg Hall

Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate, Norfolk

In 2017, Stephen Fry narrated a short film called ‘The Unfinished Portrait’, which revealed new information about the fascinating life of Felbrigg Hall’s last squire, Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer.

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Why Kingston Lacy is special

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

A vision from Venice nestled in a pocket of Dorset. Read about Kingston Lacy’s most influential owner who made it the special place you see today.

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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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Prejudice and Pride: Exploring LGBTQ history

Explore the LGBTQ history of our places and the lost and hidden lives of the people who helped shape them - part of our programme called Prejudice and Pride which marked 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

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Vita Sackville-West and Knole

Knole, Kent

Discover Vita Sackville-West's connection to Knole; her colourful life and her literary legacy as a poet, novelist, gardener, biographer and journalist.

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How we are challenging our history

Challenging Histories is a programme that explores some of the more hidden aspects of our places. This year we’re commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre by showcasing places in our national landscape which are important symbols of passion and protest.

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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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girl.boy.child at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Following a sell-out performance in London, renowned singer songwriter David McAlmont brings his unique show to Kingston Lacy for an exclusive performance at the home William John Bankes, whose story inspired his work.

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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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Text, Artefact, Identity: Horace Walpole and the Queer Eighteenth Century Conference

This two-day conference in February 2019 held in Twickenham will investigate LGBTQ perspectives on the “long” eighteenth century.

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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

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.