Art & collections
Objects in focus
Lacock Abbey in Wildtshire is home to nearly 900 medieval and Tudor. Volunteers are currently cleaning and cataloguing these historic tiles and visitors can watch this conservation work in action from 14–18 October.
Countless signatures from renowned public figures fill the leaves of the visitors book at Chartwell in Kent, including Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and President Truman. There are 15 names we can't decipher. Can you help identify them?
A five-year conservation project to restore the opulent Spangled Bed has been completed and the rare 17th-century four-poster is once again on display at Knole in Kent.
Studley Royal water gardens, Yorkshire, is once again home to the classic Greek statue, the Dying Gladiator. Funds raised have allowed us to recast the statue, replacing the one that mysteriously vanished in the 1800s.
This beautifully detailed 18th-century tapestry at Ham House, Richmond, depicts a man standing precariously at the top of a ladder, picking fruit, while the woman below holds out her apron to catch them.
This rather sinister-looking object has a surprisingly mundane function. It's an apple peeling and coring machine, made in the 19th century by R. Timmins and Sons, Birmingham. It's on display at Erddig, Wrexham.
Autumn's a great time to spot red squirrels. This is one of Beatrix Potter’s many beautiful watercolours, made in 1903 for The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin. Explore the influences on her stories and see her original illustrations at the Beatrix Potter Gallery, Cumbria.
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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