View of Dordrecht (from the Maas) by Aelbert Cuyp

Art & collections

Rembrandt at Buckland Abbey

Introducing our remarkable collections 

We care for one of the world’s largest art and heritage collections. With close to one million objects at over 200 historic places, a surprise discovery awaits you around every corner.

Beatrix Potter, Dinner in Mouseland, 1890-1895 / Beatrix Potter Gallery

Between naturalism and fantasy: the art of Beatrix Potter 

We house the single largest collection of Beatrix Potter's published illustrations, as well as a treasure trove of letters, photographs, unpublished drawings and manuscripts. What do her works reveal about her commitment to scientific accuracy and imaginative exploration?

Exhibition highlights

E.C. Hardman, The Diver, Photograph, 1929

A trip through sporting history 

Sports have inspired the arts for centuries, shaping the way we present ourselves, the way we dress and the very way we move. Here we explore a sporting history through our art collections.

Oak and cedar cabinet with ivory veneer, Ham House

Uncovering the secrets of our furniture collection 

We're embarking upon a research project to catalogue thousands of pieces of furniture in our collections. We've made some exciting discoveries whilst adding to the existing knowledge of our most treasured items.

The Feast of Flora by Johan Georg Platzer

Collecting the Grand Tour: Treasures of the Ford Collection 

A remarkable exhibition of artwork that illuminates a collector’s interest in the Grand Tour is now on display at Basildon Park.

Recent acquisitions and loans

Explore our collections

The majority of objects in our care are recorded in our online database. You'll find many intriguing items to explore at places near you