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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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.

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An unconventional couple: Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson

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.

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Queer City Nights

In March we hosted a series of events in London shedding light on gay club culture before the Sexual Offences Act of 1967

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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.

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Prejudice and Pride at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent

Find out more about the Trust's Prejudice and Pride year and why this year marks an important anniversary.

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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.

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Sutton House School of Anarchy Artist brief

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London

The Sutton House Queered team is looking to appoint an artist to take the creative lead with our ‘School of Anarchy’ season, working with community groups to create an exciting in house family offer and experience for visitors over the summer holidays.

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Prejudice, Pride, Place 2018 conference: save the date

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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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 as we mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality with a year-long programme called Prejudice and Pride.

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Speak Its Name! In partnership with the National Portrait Gallery at Sissinghurst

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent

‘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.

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Heritage Open Days 2017

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.

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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.

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Prejudice and Pride...

Smallhythe Place, Kent

2017 marks 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. As part of the National Trust’s 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.

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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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Playwrights, Pioneers and Provocateurs at Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe Place, Kent

This new exhibition explores the legacy of Edy Craig and her circle of LGBTQ friends who visited and lived at Smallhythe Place. On display from 1 April – 29 October, free entry.

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Queer city: London club culture 1918 - 1967

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.

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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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EXILE

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

From 18 September until 12 November, Kingston Lacy presents EXILE a bold new installation exploring the life and exile of William John Bankes as part of the Prejudice and Pride programme.