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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Orlando: The Queer Element at Hanbury Hall

Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire

Summer 2017 saw Clay and Diamonds bring a unique theatrical performance to Hanbury Hall

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Exploring LGBTQ history at National Trust places

We're marking 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality by exploring the LGBTQ heritage at many of our places.

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Sutton House Queered

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London

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.

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Taking pride at Wightwick

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, West Midlands

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.

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Prejudice, Pride, Place 2018 conference: Tickets now available

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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Playwrights, Pioneers and Provocateurs at Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe Place, Kent

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.

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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 at Smallhythe Place

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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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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How we are challenging our history

We’re launching a new programme to reflect national anniversaries and public debates. This year we’re focusing on LGBTQ heritage as we mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. 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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Sutton House presents: Never Gonna Dance Again

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London

Never Gonna Dance Again is a season at Sutton House dedicated to celebrating London's Queer nightlife and the importance of these cultural spaces to our communities.

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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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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.