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.
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.
In 2017 we marked 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality by exploring the LGBTQ heritage at many of our places.
Summer 2017 saw Clay and Diamonds bring a unique theatrical performance to Hanbury Hall
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.
To mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality we are exploring stories of sexuality from the artists, writers and craftspeople associated with Wightwick.
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.
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.
2017 marked 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. As part of the National Trust’s 2017 celebration of our LGBTQ heritage, here at Smallhythe Place we are commemorating the history of our Literary and Thespian community. In this vibrant, egalitarian, creative and artistic environment, they freely explored gender stereotypes and homosexuality.
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.
This exhibition was curated for National Trust's 2017 celebration of our LGBTQ heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride, and will remain on display for 2018. Here we explore the legacy of Edy Craig and her circle of LGBTQ friends who visited and lived at Smallhythe Place. Free entry.
‘Speak its Name!’ a new display at Sissinghurst Castle Garden celebrates LGBTQ heritage of Vita Sackville West and her contemporaries In partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, London from 9 September - 29 October.
Celebrate Heritage Open Days 2017, a four-day festival of heritage from 7-10 September, at historic places we look after. Participating places are free to enter and may be running special events and tours. Heritage Open Days is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Discover Vita Sackville-West's connection to Knole; her colourful life and her literary legacy as a poet, novelist, gardener, biographer and journalist.
In March, the National Trust and The National Archives re-created The Caravan, ‘London’s most bohemian rendezvous’, a queer-friendly members club of 1934.
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.
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.
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.
A shared vision: find out more about Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, who created Sissinghurst Castle Garden and enjoyed an open marriage with both participating in same-sex extramarital relationships.