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Art & collections

Garniture of three Delft vases, Kingston Lacy

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.

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Object in focus: Revealing Ham House's hidden portrait of Mary Queen of Scots 

When researchers began looking at a 16th-century portrait from Ham House, they were astounded to find an unfinished image of woman, believed to be Mary, Queen of Scots, hidden beneath the paint surface.

Chinese floral wallpaper with rocks, birds and insects against a blue background

Celebrating the British taste for Chinese wallpaper 

Some of the most beautiful Chinese wallpapers surviving in the British Isles are found at our places. Emile de Bruijn shows how these panoramic wallcoverings became a staple ingredient of the British country house and highlights the most significant.

Exhibition highlights

House decorated for Christmas

House and collection highlights at our places 

Get closer to the many objects and works of art in the houses and world-class collections we care for in our round-up of articles.

Recent acquisitions and loans

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