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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 & 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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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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Prejudice, Pride, Place 2018 conference

This two-day LGBTQ conference in May 2018 held in Birmingham will explore how heritage organisations can engage audiences in debates relating to LGBTQ history, culture and equality.

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Our LGBTQ podcast series presented by Clare Balding

Download and listen to the stories of exile and tragedy, of loving relationships and scandals as we explore the lost and hidden LGBTQ histories of our places with a new six-part podcast series presented by broadcaster and author Clare Balding.