Stories of a German Family in England

Leonard Messel on horseback © NT/Nymans

Leonard Messel on horseback

From 14 June a new exhibition on the First World War opens in our gallery. 

Exploring the effects of war on the Messel family, who were of German origin, the exhibition shows how the war affected them and was said to have broken the heart of Ludwig Messel.

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Making headlines

  • A makeover for our forecourt garden

    A new planting scheme for the forecourt garden recognises the Messels’ love of fashion and celebrates Maud Messel by creating an atmosphere of romance, drama and artistry.

    Combining two different styles -  a modern Cottage Garden and a Parterre -  a variety of plants and forms will be used to create the illusion of space, with larger plants for drama and balance.

  • Nymans on BBC Four

    Nymans was one of three National Trust gardens that featured in the BBC Four series, 'British Gardens in Time'.

    The four part series by Keo Films included expert contributions from garden designer Chris Beardshaw, historian Andrea Wulf and National Trust Head Gardener Alan Power.

  • Hunter Gatherer discovery for Nymans

    A joint initiative between the National Trust, Archaeology South East and Horsham Archaeology Society hopes to reveal evidence of habitation eight thousand years ago. Peeling away a layer of Wealden landscape, the hidden stories of our Nymans' landscape will be revealed.

  • Forest School at Nymans

    Primary school students local to Nymans have participated in a new programme developed and led by our woods rangers to encourage passion and understanding for nature and woodland management.

    National trust Nymans woods Ranger Tom Hill tells us about the forest school programme on offer to local schools in West Sussex.

  • Sunk Garden rediscovery update

    Our most recent rediscovery project 'The Sunk Garden', commenced in 2011 and is entering its final stage. Read more about our progress and the changes to the landscape.