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. Get closer to a selection of these remarkable objects featured in a new book – 125 Treasures from the Collections of the National Trust – and dig deeper into their stories.


Watch Waddesdon's musical elephant in action

In this video you can watch Waddesdon's musical elephant perform. Listen to its lively tune and marvel at the glittering moving parts as it puts on its show. It's one of the intriguing collection treasures featured in the 125 Treasures book.

Highlights from 125 Treasures

Tapestries in the spotlight

Interior view of Wightwick Manor

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.

Peter Moore examing the fragment

Archaeology at our places 

We care for many rich and diverse archaeological sites, from prehistoric monuments at Avebury in Wiltshire, to 20th-century military installations in Orford Ness, Suffolk. Archaeological work helps us to understand our places, and to learn more about the lives of those who helped shape them.

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