Prejudice and Pride

The Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) are collaborating with the National Trust on a major research project to enrich and inform the Trust’s Prejudice and Pride programme. During 2017, a series of events and celebrations will tell the stories of the men and women who challenged conventional notions of gender and sexuality and who shaped the properties in which they lived. This forms part of the nation’s commemoration to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Working closely with a cohort of properties and key staff, the project team – Richard Sandell, Jocelyn Dodd, Sarah Plumb and artist, Matt Smith will be exploring the following research questions:

  • How can we offer diverse audiences (new and existing) authentic, engaging and meaningful experiences and purposefully engage the public in debates surrounding LGBTQ history, culture and equality by researching, acknowledging and presenting the LGBTQ histories and associations in the places, stories and collections of the National Trust?
  • How can we contribute to new thinking and practice related to the presentation of LGBTQ histories within the international heritage and museum field?
  • How can the Trust develop and sustain its capacity to engage audiences around challenging histories?