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.
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.
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.
In March we hosted a series of events in London shedding light on gay club culture before the Sexual Offences Act of 1967
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.
Find out more about the Trust's Prejudice and Pride year and why this year marks an important anniversary.
I've volunteered as a room guide, part of the conservation team and even attended Birmingham Pride as a National Trust volunteer.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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 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.
Discover Vita Sackville-West's connection to Knole; her colourful life and her literary legacy as a poet, novelist, gardener, biographer and journalist.
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.
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.
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.