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Art & collections

Red striped settee by Thomas Chippendale the Younger with bolster cushions in the Saloon at Stourhead, Wiltshire

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.

Stories from our places
John Singer Sargent Portrait of Miss Elsie Palmer (A Lady in White)

John Singer Sargent and the Palmer family at Ightham Mote 

Moonlit walks around the medieval moat, high-society dinners and literary debates during the sitting. These were the backdrop to John Singer Sargent’s enigmatic portrait of Elsie Palmer, now on view at Ightham Mote where it was first painted 125 years ago. Discover the intriguing details behind A Lady in White.

Exhibition highlights

Side view of the bodice of the beautiful Peacock Dress

Object in focus 

This dress in the collection of Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, is known as the Peacock Dress and was worn by Lady Mary Curzon at an extravagant ball held to celebrate Edward VII’s coronation in Delhi. The skirt is made of champagne-coloured silk taffeta and lined with densely woven Indian cotton muslin. It's covered with embroidered peacock feathers, the ‘eye’ of each plume set with irridescent green beetle wings, giving the appearance of emeralds.

Recent acquisitions and loans

Carmen Vida conservator at Knole

Saving timeless treasures 

Carmen, conservator at Knole Studio in Kent, painstakingly conserves Knole’s centuries-old objects from the ravages of time. With your support, we can take urgent action to preserve our unique historic collections.

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