People in history

Discover some of the social history behind our places and uncover fascinating facts about the people who have lived in them

Cook in the kitchen at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Lady Jane Grey in her VAD nurses uniform at Stamford Military Hospital (Dunham Massey), Cheshire

Women’s stories from the First World War 

We look after many places with connections to the First World War. Discover stories from the women who played a vital role in the war.

Tales from our places

The Crazy Gang

Unlikely heroes 

An eccentric group of women known as Ferguson’s Gang helped us save places under threat of destruction in the 1930s. For the first time, a new book reveals their identities along with tales of anarchic stunts, undercover cash deliveries and fine dining.


A taste of life at The Vyne with Mary the maid

Ever wondered what the life of a maid was really like? Have a peek into the life of the resident maid, Mary, at The Vyne. Learn more about the Chute family and the brilliant architecture and art that can be found within this historic family home.

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The exterior of Greenway, Devon

Famous people and their gardens 

We care for the gardens of famous writers, poets and politicians. For many of them, the beauty of their gardens provided inspiration and comfort. Discover which gardens are in our care and the stories behind them.

Lady Frances portrait at Mount Stewart

Our collections 

Discover the many portraits in our collections, from oil paintings by Old Masters to drawing, watercolours and photographs. Find out more about them here...


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