Exploring LGBTQ history in Kent and East Sussex

Many of our places in Kent and East Sussex were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we’re exploring our LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride. We’ll be holding events, special exhibitions and much more.

Edy, Chris and Clare at Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe Place 

An exhibition, 'Playwrights, Pioneers and Provocateurs', celebrates the diverse work of three remarkable women who lived in the Priest House in a ménage a trois. Exhibition open until 29 October.

The recently restored Gatehouse Tower dominates Knole’s west front

Knole 

New displays will tell of the life, loves and experiences of Eddy Sackville-West in The Gatehouse Tower. A rare copy of the novel 'Orlando' will be on display. An evening of immersive theatre will feature live performance and screening of Sally Potter's film adaptation.

Get a rare glimpse in to Harold Nicolson's book room in the South Cottage

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

A new exhibition looks back at the people and projects that shaped the world-famous garden in the last fifty years. Displays will feature never-seen-before objects from the collection. Radical literature from the 11,000-strong library will link to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England. The South Cottage gives a further glimpse into this place's unique history.

The house seen from the garden in the summer at Monk's House, East Sussex.

Monk's House 

A ‘letters live’ event series this summer will feature readings of the love letters between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. An artist will be invited to respond to the evocative writing room where Woolf composed many of her most iconic works.