Bring Stories to Life appeal

Every day, visitors to Seaton Delaval Hall, Stowe and Sutton Hoo are missing out on the chance to find out the full stories of these places and what makes them so special. Will you help to bring their rich histories vividly to life – now and for generations to come?

Looking out at Seaton Delaval garden in Northumberland
Restoration at Stowe Gardens on statues

How you can help

Seaton Delaval Hall was once known across England for its parties and practical jokes. Statues of Apollo and the Nine Muses once helped to define the landscape at Stowe. And the treasures found underground at Sutton Hoo once transformed our knowledge of English history. Yet today their histories are hidden. By donating to this appeal, you can change this. You can bring these stories to life – and help visitors experience the true spirit and significance of these remarkable places.

Why every donation matters

  • Uncover secrets hidden for 150 years
  • Essential repairs to buildings standing since 1718
  • Share in 13 centuries of history with future generations

Donate to Bring Stories to Life appeal

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£15 could help train new volunteers to stage a performance at Seaton Delaval Hall
£35 could help buy new equipment so children can be archaeological detectives at Sutton Hoo
£75 could help to recreate statues of Apollo and the Nine Muses at Stowe
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Artist impression of what Seaton Delavall Hall will look like when recreated

Bring drama back to Seaton Delaval Hall

Everyone who steps inside the hall today should feel the same sense of wonder guests felt at its famed costume balls. With your support, we’ll work with artists, actors and designers to put visitors at the heart of a never-ending performance.

Visual of proposed viewing tower at Sutton Hoo

Reveal the secrets of Sutton Hoo

Extraordinary treasures were found underground at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, but only part of this story is being told. With your support, we’ll build a viewing tower to fire imaginations and show exactly why our ancestors chose this as a royal burial ground.

Artist's impression of Stowe Gardens statues

Welcome Apollo and his Muses back to Stowe

Apollo and the Nine Muses once commanded the view at Stowe in Buckinghamshire, but these iconic statues were lost 200 years ago. With your support, we can recreate them – and ensure visitors experience the spirit of Stowe as its original creators intended.

Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we are dedicated to conserving our nation’s natural and human history so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come. Our conservation projects range from preserving the historic buildings in our care to protecting the plants and wildlife found in outdoor spaces. By donating to our Bring Stories to Life appeal, you will help us to act quickly to look after special places – wherever the need is greatest.

Donate now to help these three special places