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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Taking pride at Wightwick

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, West Midlands

To mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, in 2017 we explored stories of sexuality from the artists, writers and craftspeople associated with Wightwick.

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Henry Cyril Paget, the Dancing Marquess

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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How we are challenging our history

We’ve launched a new programme to reflect national anniversaries and public debates. This year we’re focusing on women’s suffrage and history as we mark 100 years since some women were first granted the right to vote. 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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Celebrate Pride in June

York’s three National Trust places are delighted to celebrate Pride throughout June with reduced entry offers and news of an exciting artist in residency event we’d love you to get involved in.

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LGBTQ stories at National Trust places in Kent and East Sussex

Many of our places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. We join the dots between the people whose collective LGBTQ story started over 150 years ago.

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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 as the National Trust explores its LGBTQ heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride.

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Virginia Woolf: defying expectation

The author Virginia Woolf was a leading light of the Bloomsbury movement in the early 20th Century. Her life was shaped by her unconventional approach to gender and sexuality.

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Celebrating our LGBTQ heritage: Exhibitions, installations and events at our places

In 2017 we opened up rooms, presented new short films and created fresh displays as we shone a light on the lives of those who helped shape our places.

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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.

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Prejudice & Pride at Hanbury

Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire

Look a little closer at Thornhill's famous wall paintings and hidden stories will be shared revealing tales of love in Ancient Greece and Queen Anne’s court.

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Prejudice and Pride at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

You can’t mention the history of Kingston Lacy without talking extensively about the influence of William John Bankes. A huge personality and visionary, William John created much of the house you see today. From the paintings to the door frames, his artistic flare is everywhere. But his story goes much deeper than a typical lord of the manor…