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4 Jul 2019

My nan grew up in a workhouse: a curator's personal reflection


Published: 4 July 2019

My nan grew up in a workhouse. Now I have the honour of telling stories like hers.

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26 Jun 2019

Discoveries and delights: cataloguing the National Trust's furniture


Published: 26 June 2019

Nearly four years ago, the Trust embarked upon a research project to catalogue approximately 55,000 pieces of furniture in our collections. To date, the Furniture Research team has catalogued 20,000 records. Having reached this milestone, Megan Wheeler, Lead Collections Cataloguer for the project, discusses the importance of recording all classes of furniture and shares some of her favourite ...

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9 May 2019

An object I love at Wimpole


Published: 9 May 2019

Tim Pye, Libraries Curator, is fascinated by a copy of 'Kim' by Rudyard Kipling in the collection at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire and the unexpected connection it holds to Captain Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic.

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15 Mar 2019

The object I love at Penrhyn


Published: 15 March 2019

Elizabeth Green is Lead Curator for Wales. One of her favourite objects is also one of the most unusual in the Trust’s collection – a working steam engine from Penrhyn, Gwynedd. Although it doesn't hang on a wall or sit in a display case, this little locomotive is nonetheless a precious object – one that reminds Elizabeth of visiting Penhyrn Castle as a child.

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1 Feb 2019

Behind the scenes as Petworth opens its doors to Prized Possessions' Dutch masters


Published: 1 February 2019

'Prized Possessions: Dutch Paintings from National Trust Houses' is the Trust’s first exhibition of Dutch paintings and is now on view at Petworth in West Sussex. It's the first time this group of Dutch masters have been on show together in a historic country house. Curator David Taylor shares what it takes to organise such a significant touring event which opened in 2018 at the Holburne ...

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21 Dec 2018

The object I love at Dyrham Park


Published: 21 December 2018

Tarnya Cooper is Curatorial and Collections Director at the National Trust. One of her favourite objects in our collections is a 17th-century perspective painting in the collection at Dyrham Park near Bath. Tarnya tells us why in the first blog post from our new series 'An object I love', featuring a video of her recent talk.

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