Collections

Discover the wealth of our collections - great art and treasures to see and enjoy throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Around the world in a sedan chair

A handcoloured lithograph of the Royal Railway Carriages

A handcoloured lithograph of the Royal Railway Carriages

We take for granted being able to travel across the world in less than a day, but miss out on the experience and romance of travel. See the different items of travel from a bygone age, that we have in our collections.

Amazing collections

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Object in the spotlight

A Masterpiece from Kingston Lacy is being exhibited in London for the first time in 30 years. You can see 'The Judgement of Solomon' at the National Gallery from 30 April – 21 September 2014.

Collections online

You can explore 700,000 objects from artistic treasures to the everyday, quirky and bizarre on our collections site. Our handy A-Z of collections makes it easy for you to browse. What will you discover today? 

Treasure Hunt blog

Ever wondered about the stories behind the objects we look after? Treasure Hunt is a blog written by our registrar and collections enthusiast, Emile de Bruijn, who shares his delight in some of our more unusual items.

Your Paintings

The Trust looks after the nation’s largest collection of oil paintings. See them all on the BBC Your Paintings website – together with all the nation’s paintings in one online catalogue.

Recent acquisitions

  • Pearly king

    Portrait of King James I of England and VI of Scotland purchased at auction for Montacute.

  • Landscape with a storm

    Painting by Gaspard Dughet, donated to Osterley Park by the estate of Sir Denis Mahon.

  • Holiday snap

    Portrait of a young British woman visiting Rome by Pompeo Batoni, allocated to Basildon Park.

Our work

We care for one of the world's greatest collections of art and historical items. Over a million objects are held at over two hundred historic places.

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