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

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.


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.


Katherine Dunn

Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire

I've volunteered as a room guide, part of the conservation team and even attended Birmingham Pride as a National Trust volunteer.


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.


Exploring LGBTQ history in Kent and East Sussex

Fifty years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, our places in Kent and East Sussex are exploring their LGBTQ heritage. Discover their interconnected stories with new exhibitions, events and theatre.

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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.


What is queer ecology?

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


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.