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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How we are challenging our history

Challenging Histories was a pilot programme that explored some of the more hidden aspects of our places 2017-19. Each year we focused on a different theme that reflected national anniversaries and public debates. Through exhibitions, events and story-telling, we explored how these overlooked histories have shaped how we live now.

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125th Anniversary of the Trials of Oscar Wilde

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, West Midlands

Learn about the famous trials and imprisonment of Anglo-Irish LGBTQ playwright, Oscar Wilde and how he influenced the owners of Wightwick Manor.

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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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Lady Anne Ward

Castle Ward, County Down

We've simplified our history, but life is always a little more complicated. To uncover the real story, we're delving into the background of Lady Anne Ward.

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Queering the Art Classroom exhibition

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London

Curated and designed by Queering the Art Classroom, Sutton House is hosting an exhibition from GCSE pupils exploring topics of gender and sexuality in art.

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Pride, LGBTQ+ and the National Trust

June is Pride month and we recognise the huge contribution LGBTQ+ staff, volunteers and supporters make to the National Trust and we plan to celebrate even in these socially distanced times.

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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 - part of our programme called Prejudice and Pride which marked 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

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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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girl.boy.child at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Following a sell-out performance in London, renowned singer songwriter David McAlmont brings his unique show to Kingston Lacy for an exclusive performance at the home William John Bankes, whose story inspired his work.

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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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Greenway Literary Festival postponed

Greenway, Devon

Sadly we've had to postpone the Greenway Literary Festival this year in light of the developing situation regarding coronavirus and in line with government guidance. We're hoping to host the festival again at Agatha Christie's holiday home in June 2021.

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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.

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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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Sutton House visiting information

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London

Find out when you can visit, and the types of visit available.

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Have your wedding at Sutton House

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London

This Tudor house is complete with three beautiful and fascinating historic rooms where wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions can take place.

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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 and the challenges they faced.

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Prejudice and Pride at Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe Place, Kent

At Smallhythe Place we are commemorating the history of our literary and thespian community to celebrate our LGBTQ heritage. In this vibrant, egalitarian, creative and artistic environment, they freely explored gender stereotypes and homosexuality.

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Exploring LGBTQ history at National Trust places

In 2017 we marked 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality by exploring the LGBTQ heritage at many of our places.