Detail of the elephant automaton at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Art & collections

Showcasing 125 Treasures
125 treasures

Celebrating 125 treasures in our collections 

From artistic masterpieces and vast tapestries to precious personal possessions, the range and breadth of the collections in our care is astonishing. A new book – 125 Treasures from the Collections of the National Trust – shares the stories behind remarkable objects from our collections.

Highlights from 125 Treasures

Close up of hands holding open a 15th-century illustrated Book of Hours

Introducing our remarkable collections 

We look after one of the world’s largest art and heritage collections. With more than one million objects at over 200 historic places - including over 400,000 book titles - a surprise discovery awaits you around every corner.

Spring focus
May Day reveller, anonymous 19th century painting at Wimpole Hall

Discover the story of May Day  

The first day of May is a time to glory in the vitality of spring. Winter has finally been banished, and the long, warm days of summer are on their way. Assistant Curator of Pictures of Sculpture, John Chu, delves into the May traditions that have brought communities together through history and through objects in our collections.

Take a closer look
Conservation news
Samurai armour from Snowshill being worked on by conservators at the conservation studio

Funding windfall for precious artworks 

We can restore more than 100 historic artworks thanks to a generous gift from our US membership affiliate The Royal Oak Foundation. Find out how we'll be using the money to restore some of the rarest collection items in our care.

Details of three portraits

Addressing our stories of colonialism and historic slavery 

The legacies of colonialism and historic slavery are reflected in the nation’s places, buildings and collections, including those looked after by the National Trust. We're committed to uncovering, exploring and sharing these histories. Learn more about these connections and download our recently published report into colonialism and historic slavery in full.

Conservation in action during the winter clean

Protect the buildings and collections in our care 

We're committed to protecting and preserving our nation’s great houses and other historical buildings, as well as the arts and collections in our care. Give today and together, we can ensure our shared history continues to inspire us all.

Recent acquisitions and publications

Explore our collections

The majority of objects in our care are recorded on our National Trust Collections website. You'll find many intriguing items to explore at places near you