Catwyck on the Rhine by Abraham Beerstraten (Amsterdam 1639 - ? 1666) or Anthonie Beerstraten (Amsterdam 1637 - c.1665)  Catwyck on the Rhine by Abraham Beerstraten (Amsterdam 1639 - ? 1666) or Anthonie Beerstraten (Amsterdam 1637 - c.1665)

Art & collections

Mechanical arm on show at Cotehele

Introducing our remarkable collections 

We care for one of the world’s largest art and heritage collections. With close to one million objects at over 200 historic places, a surprise discovery awaits you around every corner.

Bettany Hughes at Avebury for the podcast recording

Bettany Hughes's Ten Places, Europe and Us podcast series 

Join award-winning historian Bettany Hughes in our heritage podcast series as she visits many of the places we care for and investigating their deep-rooted connections to Europe and the wider world.

Exhibition highlights

View of the Inlaid Chamber at Sizergh Castle

The return of a Tudor treasure 

Is it possible to lose a room? Discover how one of the great treasures of the Elizabeth age – the acclaimed Inlaid Chamber at Sizergh Castle - was lost and later restored to its original home.

Dress conservators preparing Ellen Terry beetle wing dress for display at Smallhythe Place, Kent.

If clothes could talk... 

Why were Marie Antoinette’s garters designed by a dentist? Why was a 19th-century lord determined to make a coat in a day? And why did dressmakers painstakingly sew jewel beetles’ wings onto a costume for Lady Macbeth?

Recent acquisitions and loans

Explore our collections

The majority of objects in our care are recorded in our online database. You'll find many intriguing items to explore at places near you