Record breaking seal breeding season

Grey seal pup born on Blakeney Point, November 2014

Grey seal pup born on Blakeney Point, November 2014

Back in 2001, just 25 seal pups were born at Blakeney Point. This winter, over 2,000 have been born making this stretch of Norfolk Coast home to the largest colony of grey seals on the English coast!

Conserving Wimpole's Gothic Tower

The Gothic Tower at Wimpole has been off limits since 2005 due to the fragile nature of the structure. Now, in what is by far the biggest conservation project at Wimpole this year, work is underway to conserve and repair this amazing structure, stabilise the stonework and provide access around the exterior for visitors once more.

  • Tidal surge: one year on

    Storms hit the east coast of England on 5 December 2013, resulting in tidal surges and high winds, which had a devastating effect on the coastline. The north Norfolk coast suffered widespread flooding and there was also damage to homes and infrastructure. A year on, thanks to hard work and collaboration, a huge amount has already been achieved, but there’s still work to do.

  • Life below stairs at Anglesey Abbey

    Every year thousands of visitors enjoy Anglesey Abbey and the elegant contents once owned by the 1st Lord Fairhaven. Now a new visitor experience recreating life 'below stairs' has opened. Visit the domestic areas of the house and experience the hard work that went on behind the scenes to maintain Lord’s luxurious, regimented lifestyle.

  • Wartime scrapbook of Red Cross volunteer

    In November 1913, Stephanie Hyde Parker, aged 18, was given a leather bound scrapbook, which she decided would help her record the events and people she met as she went through the social whirl of the London season. However, the clouds of war were gathering and on the 4 August 1914, the tone of her scrapbook changed, as she recorded the declaration of war and the effect it had on her family and friends.

  • Fancy staying at Thorington Hall?

    Thorington Hall in Suffolk is a hidden hideaway, set within a landscape timelessly evoked in John Constable’s paintings. Not only is it full of charm and history, it’s the newest and largest holiday let to be tastefully restored and opened by the National Trust, sleeping up to 18 people (with 3 additional people in the former gate lodge)!

  • Emperor busts back on display

    They were the most powerful men of their day – some known for their strong leadership and military adventures, some for their cruelty and wild debauchery. Now, after an absence of more than 60 years, four 17th century Italian busts of Roman emperors have returned to Wimpole Hall.

  • Did the seals know the tidal surge was coming?

    On the evening of December 5, the coastline around our region was battered in what transpired to be a tidal surge as big as the 1953 event. Dramatic scenes faced people the next morning, revealing just how high the water had come. Six months on, we can now reflect on how things are progressing on the North Norfolk Coast. And does new data reveal that the seal colony knew the surge was coming?

  • Water level restored in Oxburgh's moat

    Did you know that the moat at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk helps to keep the building standing? A project has just been completed to restore the water levels in the moat, which protects the foundations of the Hall and has helped to keep it standing for more than 500 years.

  • Windpump sails into new phase of repair

    Horsey Windpump has survived floods, a lightning strike, a collapse, storms and gale force winds. Despite this it has remained an iconic feature of the Broads landscape for more than a century. But, now the time has come for this Norfolk icon to undergo significant and essential repair works.

  • Future of Orford Ness lighthouse

    Orford Ness National Nature Reserve has been owned and cared for by the National Trust since 1993. At no time has the Trust owned the lighthouse on the site and whilst we care for the Orford Ness landscape, Natural England holds the authority for determining permissions on any coastal defence work. 

  • Melford's long-lost owner is found

    Melford Hall in Suffolk has finally unearthed a portrait of its long-lost owner – largely thanks to a mysterious little red bag. The painting in question was thought for 200 years to be a 17th century Archbishop of York, but experts have now discovered it is in fact Thomas Savage.