Building conservation

We protect historic buildings and buildings in the wider landscape. Our team works hard to ensure they are preserved for ever, for everyone using traditional conservation techniques

Restoration of the roof of Knole's barn
Senior conservator, Heather Porter, lowering the arm of the Knole sofa

Knole’s future secure as we open doors to new conservation studio 

The conservation studio is part of a major building, conservation and restoration project – the largest in the Trust’s history – which will rescue Knole from centuries of decay and open up spaces never seen before.

View from above into Clandon Park following the fire

Clandon Park International Design Competition 

Through our International Design Competition we’re searching for a world-class multidisciplinary design team to restore and reimagine Clandon Park, following the major fire. The competition launches on 9 March 2017.

The Stable block roof during the project

9 of our most ambitious conservation projects 

Our special places need a lot of looking after. Read more about nine of our most ambitious conservation and restoration projects.

Croome Red Wing interior decay

Things we found under the floorboards 

As we carry out conservation work at our places we uncover all sorts of lost treasures and forgotten belongings. Find out what we discovered.

A stonemason undertaking conservation work on the Orangery facade at Tyntesfield, Somerset

Keeping traditional skills alive 

Keen to ensure heritage techniques don't die out, the National Trust is working in partnership with English Heritage, Cadw and Construction Skills on a bursary scheme to nurture traditional buildiing skills.

Taking care of our houses

Clandon Park after the fire

Clandon Park fire 

We had many messages from our supporters and the public after the terrible fire at Clandon Park. We hope it can be rebuilt and has a long-term future. To help, you can give online.

A view of half-timbered cottages with gardens, at Ightham Mote, Kent

Our biggest conservation project to date 

It's rare for a conservation project to take 15 years. Which is why the work we carried out at Ightham Mote in Kent is often called our biggest conservation project to date.

A black and white archive image of Chantry Chapel, Buckingham

The Chantry Chapel, Buckingham

This fifteenth-century chapel was restored by Gilbert Scott in 1875 and is now open to the public as as a second-hand bookshop. As the oldest building in Buckingham, when we decided to make some internal alterations, we needed to carry out a detailed archaeological survey first.

Close view of two contractors from Linford repointing a wall of the stable block at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Building design guides 

Our comprehensive guides detail some of the projects we've completed at our places from bird hides and micro-breweries to farm cottages and visitor centres.

We couldn't do it without you

Thanks to your membership we're able to protect special places for ever, for everyone