Our LGBTQ podcast series presented by Clare Balding
In 2017 broadcaster and author Clare Balding presented a new new six-part podcast series, exploring the lost and hidden LGBTQ stories from our places as we mark the 50th anniversary of the partial de-criminalisation of homosexuality.
Over six 20 minute episodes, Clare will 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 E-J 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.
Listen to a clip from episode one:
In this preview Clare Balding is joined by the National Trust's Rachael Lennon and the historian Alison Oram. E-J Scott is on location at Kingston Lacy in Dorset.
Each episode is available from a variety of platforms including iTunes and SoundCloud.
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What is a podcast?
A podcast is an audio show, usually spread across a series of episodes, which can be downloaded from the Internet and listened to either on a computer or an MP3 player. New instalments of each series can be received by subscribers automatically.
Why are we doing it?
Podcasts are a great way to find out more about a subject while simply listening – you can listen on your daily commute, at the gym, while you're in the car, or relaxing at home. As a medium, audio is evocative and immersive – an ideal way to go behind the scenes at our places to discover more about the history, and how the Trust looks after these places for ever, for everyone.
" 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."