National Trust prepares to celebrate its gay history


The long happy marriage and the very separate bedrooms of Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold Nicolson, will be celebrated at their Kent home as the National Trust turns its attention for the first time to the gay history locked within the walls of many of its properties.

The Nicolsons were a famously devoted couple, and had two sons, the writer and publisher Nigel and art historian Benedict, but both also had passionate relationships with partners of the same sex. More

Senior Church of England clergy ‘not diverse enough’


A number of leading Anglicans have complained about the lack of ethnic minority clergy who make it to senior levels in the Church of England.

The Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons, blamed institutional racism.

On Tuesday, a new suffragan bishop of Woolwich was named – the first black man to be made a bishop in 20 years.

The Church is hiring a minority ethnic vocations officer to attract more black people into the clergy.  More