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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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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The Gatehouse Tower at Knole

Knole, Kent

Take a virtual tour of the Gatehouse Tower, including climbing the spiral staircase for panoramic views over the medieval parkland.

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Have your wedding at Sutton House

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London

Sutton House is an unexpected treasure nestled in a leafy oasis close to London's centre, and we'd love for you to get married here.

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Heritage Lottery funding received for our LGBTQ+ heritage partnership

We’re pleased to share that the Queer Heritage Collections Network (QHCN) has recently received almost £100k in funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage Initiative to support a new digital skills programme.

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‘Inclusion’, a community collaboration film about Sutton House

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard, London

‘Inclusion’, a community collaboration film about Sutton House

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Pride, LGBTQ+ and the National Trust

June is Pride month, when we celebrate the huge contribution LGBTQ+ staff, volunteers and supporters make to the National Trust.

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Prejudice and Pride: Exploring LGBTQ history

Explore the LGBTQ history of the places in our care, 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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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 six-part podcast series presented by broadcaster and author Clare Balding.

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Exploring LGBTQ+ history at National Trust places

Learn more about the LGBTQ+ links at places we care for, and how the National Heritage Lottery Fund has donated to the Queer Heritage Collections Network, of which we're a founding member. You can also learn about how 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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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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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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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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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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Greenway Literary Festival cancelled

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 hope to host the festival again at Agatha Christie's holiday home sometime in the future.

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The 5th Marquess as never seen before

Plas Newydd House and Garden, Anglesey

Newly unearthed photographs of the 5th Marquess and his acting troupe

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Challenging Histories Public Programme 2017-19

Challenging Histories was a pilot programme that explored some of the more hidden aspects of our places. 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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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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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.