Art & collections
Objects in focus
See what creatures you can find in our historic houses. At Lanhydrock, Cornwall, griffins form the arm supports of this 18th-century chair.
Birds hide among the branches of a flowering tree in this embossed leather 18th-century wall hanging at Bateman’s, East Sussex. The decoration was probably inspired by Indian chintz designs.
The elaborate staircase at Knightshayes Court, Devon, includes this canine newel post. It was carved by Harry Hems, an Exeter-based sculptor in around 1890.
If you take a close look at the windows in the Great Hall of Packwood House, Warwickshire, you might spot this little chap. The windows were part of Baron Ash's transformation of Packwood between 1924 and 1932.
A host of intricate designs lies behind the doors of a black lacquer Chinese cabinet at Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire. The golden decoration include this majestic bird, depicted in beautiful detail.
Fragments of Elizabethan textiles were found in rats’ nests hidden under the attic floorboards at Oxburgh Hall. They were part of thousands of rare items, including a 15th-century illuminated manuscript, recently unearthed.
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