Detail of red and white roses

Art & collections

Midsummer magic
E.C. Hardman, The Diver, Photograph, 1929

Dip into summer games and sport in our collections 

Our collections are a rich resource for delving into sporting cultures. From sportswear and equipment to photographs of sporting activity, along with sports-themed sculptures and paintings, the items we care for give a glimpse into our sporting past.

Object in focus

Details of three portraits

Addressing our histories of slavery and colonialism 

The National Trust cares for places and collections on behalf of the nation, and many have direct and indirect links to slavery and colonialism. We're addressing these histories and their cultural significance.

The Fury of Athamas sculpture by John Flaxman on display at Ickworth's new exhibition

Major exhibitions 

Although our houses and buildings are currently closed, you can still enjoy some of our major exhibition highlights online. Take a peek into Nostell’s recently conserved 18th-century dolls house, discover Osterley’s treasures, and delve into the art collection at Ickworth.

Take a closer look
Lady Adelaide Chetwynd-Talbot

Scents and sensuality: stories of roses in our collections 

The rose is the nation's favourite bloom. More than any other flower, roses are steeped in symbolism, history and meaning which can be found in abundance in our houses, gardens and collections. Uncover the rose's stories and meanings at our places and its uses in perfume, cuisine and medicine.

Conservator checking a painting

Help us protect the collections in our care 

As a charity, we rely on donations. But our income has dropped sharply due to the coronavirus crisis. Donate now to support our remaining staff who are continuing to monitor environmental conditions of the collections in our care to prevent deterioration or damage.

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