Our LGBTQ podcast series presented by Clare Balding
In 2017 broadcaster and author Clare Balding presented a new six-part podcast series, exploring the lost and hidden LGBTQ stories from our places to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial de-criminalisation of homosexuality.
Over six 20-minute episodes, Clare explores how lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people have helped to shape and preserve the houses, collections, gardens and landscapes in our care.
In each episode Clare examines new themes including women’s relationships, the importance of secluded spaces for LGBTQ+ artists, attitudes to sexuality in the ancient and classical world and connections with the performing arts.
She is joined by EJ Scott, dress historian and curator of the Museum of Transology as well as writers, historians and curators as they debate why LGBTQ+ heritage is so important today.
Each episode also features readings from figures in the LGBTQ+ community including Sarah Waters, author of Tipping the Velvet and actors Miriam Margolyes and Cyril Nri.
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" I’m delighted to present some of the creative, dramatic and surprising stories that have emerged as part of the National Trust’s ‘Prejudice & Pride’ programme. I admire hugely the work the Trust has done in preserving our cultural and architectural history, and these places mean so much more when we understand the people who lived and loved in them."