Prejudice and Pride at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

At the end of last year we finally decided to become National Trust members and have been enjoying visiting our local sites regularly for the last few months. When we discovered they would be celebrating and exploring their LGBTQ heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride, 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we knew we had to get to one of their events.

Our local National Trust house, Kingston Lacy was profoundly shaped by William Bankes. William Bankes fled England in 1841 to avoid prosecution for same-sex acts. He had no choice but to leave England but he continued to send back works of art and treasures.

Kingston Lacy Prejudice and Pride

Climbing fun

Mama and M Kingston Lacy

If you’ve never been to Kingston Lacy, we highly recommend a visit. With acres of gardens and woodland to walk, a beautiful house to visit and a lovely cafe and shop, there is plenty to do.

Kingston Lacy Pride

Playing Kingston Lacy

As part of the National Trust’s Prejudice and Pride programme Kingston Lacy put on a Jazz picnic and flew the Rainbow Pride flag atop the house. It was such a lovely afternoon in the gardens, just listening to the music and enjoying some family time.

chasing Kingston Lacy

Spin Kingston Lacy

We talked to M about the Pride flags and a member of staff even managed to find me a few spare Pride badges that have been handed out at Pride marches around the country. We’ve been unable to attend a Pride this year, so it was nice that the member of staff made the effort to find me a couple of badges for M and us to show our pride.

Smiles Kingston Lacy

Pride and Kingston Lacy

Aside from enjoying a family day out together, it also felt so nice to support such an important event. I love the fact that The National Trust have chosen to recognise their LGBTQ history and share it. When they announced they were going to share it they experienced all manner of abuse, which shows there is still so so much more work to do in regards to making LGBTQ history part of everyone’s history. I want our little man to see how important it is to recognise the part EVERYONE plays in life.

Spiderboy Kingston Lacy

Big family smiles Kingston Lacy

family LGBTQ Kingston Lacy

If you wish to visit other National Trust sites exploring their LGBTQ history just visit their site for more information.

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  • Emma – Hip2trek

    It looks like you had a fab day out and it’s great that the National Trust are exploring their LGBTQ history. The spider net looks fun to climb! #CountryKids

  • You all look so happy there. Looks like it was a lovely day #countrykids

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    I had no idea the National Trust was so forward thinking, they have gone up in my estimation on the back of this. Lovely to see them standing out and flying the flag from one of their houses. It looks like a lovely event and a great venue. Some fab family photos to treasure from the day too.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    This is wonderful, what a fabulous thing for NT to do. It looks like a great day too, love your photos, you can see how much fun you had x #countrykids