Building conservation

We protect historic buildings and buildings in the wider landscape. Our team works hard to ensure they are preserved for ever, for everyone using traditional conservation techniques

Dyrham Park starts conservation project to replace leaking roof
Dyrham Park roof project National Trust / Laura Williams
A stonemason undertaking conservation work on the Orangery facade at Tyntesfield, Somerset
A stonemason working on the Orangery facade at Tyntesfield, Somerset National Trust Images / John Millar

Keeping traditional skills alive 

Keen to ensure heritage techniques don't die out, the National Trust is working in partnership with English Heritage, Cadw and Construction Skills on a bursary scheme to nurture traditional buildiing skills.

Taking care of our houses

Clandon Park after the fire
On 29 April 2015 a serious fire broke out at Clandon Park National Trust Images/Mike Calnan

Clandon Park fire 

We had many messages from our supporters and the public after the terrible fire at Clandon Park. We hope it can be rebuilt and has a long-term future. To help, you can give online.

A view of half-timbered cottages with gardens, at Ightham Mote, Kent
North side of the house at Ightham Mote National Trust Images / Andrew Butler

Our biggest conservation project to date 

It's rare for a conservation project to take 15 years. Which is why the work we carried out at Ightham Mote in Kent is often called our biggest conservation project to date.

A black and white archive image of Chantry Chapel, Buckingham
Chantry Chapel, Buckingham National Trust Images

The Chantry Chapel, Buckingham 

This 15th-century chapel was restored by Gilbert Scott in 1875 and is now open to the public as as a second-hand bookshop. As the oldest building in Buckingham, when we decided to make some internal alterations, we needed to carry out a detailed archaeological survey first.

Close view of two contractors from Linford repointing a wall of the stable block at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire National Trust Images / David Levenson

Building design guides 

Our comprehensive guides detail some of the projects we've completed at our places from bird hides and micro-breweries to farm cottages and visitor centres.

Thank you

We couldn't do it without you

Thanks to your membership we're able to protect special places for ever, for everyone