Inside the National Trust
Tune into ITV...
This autumn, tune in to ITV on Sundays at 12.25pm for a unique opportunity to discover just what goes on behind the scenes at our special places.
This new ITV documentary will follow the story of six of our places in a 20-part, weekly series which showcases some of Britain’s best loved landscapes, uncovers hidden secrets and introduces some of the people working behind the scenes to keep our places open to visitors.
Presented by journalist and broadcaster Michael Buerk, the show goes beyond visiting hours and behind closed doors, with our staff, volunteers and animals all the stars of the show as everyday occurrences are captured on film.
I’ve always enjoyed visiting National Trust places and connecting with the grandeur of the past, but what made this all for me was peeking behind the scenes to see how it all works, and meeting the people who make it happen.
Presenter, Inside the National Trust
Inside Sizergh in Cumbria
At Sizergh Castle in Cumbria, we meet the Strickland family, who have owned the house for more than 700 years and still live there today.
Inside Cragside in Northumberland
For a taste of Victorian gadgetry, enter the world of inventor Lord Armstrong at Cragside in Northumberland – a wonder of its age.
Inside Wordsworth House and Garden
At Wordsworth House near Cockermouth, step back to the 1770s at William Wordsworth’s childhood home.
Inside the Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Wimpole is still a working estate, with a traditional farm year, modern piggery and a mansion at its heart – not to mention the huge landscape park and gardens.
Inside the North Lakes
The Lake District ranger team for the North Lakes are out rescuing sheep and fixing footpaths in all conditions to look after the most popular national park in the UK.
Inside the Farne Islands
These rocky islands may seem a world away from your living rooms, but in fact they are just off the coast of Northumberland and are teeming with seabirds and seals.
Meet the characters
As the series progresses, you'll hear from people working in a variety of roles at our places, including:
- Simon Damant, ranger, Wimpole Estate
- Henry Hornyold-Strickland, family member, Sizergh
- Roy Henderson, valley ranger, North Lakes
- Andrew Sawyer, conservation officer, Cragside
- Amanda Thackery, head gardener, Wordsworth House and Garden
- David Steel, head ranger, Farne Islands
- Georgina Gates, house and collections manager, Sizergh
Here, one of our chefs from Cragside's tea-room shows you how to make the perfect lemon cake.