Gay Heritage

For the 2010 season Charleston created a podcast exploring aspects of Duncan Grant’s life as a gay man. Previously unpublished interviews with Duncan Grant from 1969, together with new recordings by gay men who visited the house in the 1960s and 1970s, allow us to investigate the history of the house at this time as well as Charleston’s place within gay history.

You can download the podcast to listen to at home, or on your own personal audio player while visiting the house on Sundays, when the rooms are stewarded and visitors are free to proceed at their own pace.

These recordings focus on Duncan Grant and Charleston in the 1960s and 1970s, but the gay history of Bloomsbury is extensive. During his early life Duncan Grant had had affairs with Lytton Strachey and Maynard Keynes, as well as with Adrian Stephen, the brother of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. Virginia Woolf, although married to Leonard Woolf from 1912, had a number of relationships with women including, most famously, Vita Sackville-West. For more information please read these articles and essays exploring the gay history of Bloomsbury, explore links to other related websites, or see our short reading list.

We would very much like to hear your thoughts on this podcast and webpage. Please send your comments to info@charleston.org.uk.

The Charleston Trust would like to thank Surrey, East & West Sussex Museums Development Service (SEWS MDS) and Renaissance South East for their support in developing this webpage and podcast.