Heard about Felbrigg's lanyards and badges?
The National Trust was established 'for the benefit of the nation' and we passionately believe our purpose is to make everyone feel welcome at our places, as our founders would have wanted.
We used the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality as an opportunity to tell the stories of the people at some of our places, whose personal lives were outside the social norms of their time.
Our history is important
We hugely value our volunteers and many across the country have taken the opportunity to get involved in developing our 2017 Prejudice and Pride programme, which explored LGBTQ heritage.
At Felbrigg, many volunteers enthusiastically supported an exhibition, which looked at the life of the extraordinarily generous Robert Ketton–Cremer. His decision to leave the house to the Trust was the result in part of the fact that he had never married and had no heirs to inherit.
We listened to our volunteers
We asked all our staff and volunteers at the house to wear rainbow lanyards or badges during the six week event as welcoming symbol to all our visitors. We remain absolutely committed to our Pride programme, which will continue as intended, along with the exhibition at Felbrigg
However, we are aware that some volunteers had conflicting, personal opinions about wearing the rainbow lanyards and badges. That was never our intention.
We therefore made it clear to volunteers that the wearing of the badges was optional and a personal decision. We spoke to all our volunteers at Felbrigg about this.