Celebrating 125 treasures in our collections

The National Trust looks after a treasure chest of history. From artistic masterpieces and vast tapestries to precious personal possessions, the range and breadth of the collections is astonishing.

A new book – 125 Treasures from the Collections of the National Trust – shares the stories behind some of these remarkable objects.

With more than one million objects at over 200 historic places, the National Trust looks after one of the world’s most significant collections of heritage objects and fine art. '125 Treasures from the Collections of the National Trust' brings together a selection of highlights.

Over 60 curators and specialists helped select the objects from places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to reflect the quality and range of the collections in our care.

The book takes readers on a journey through time starting with an Ancient Greek vase and ending with 20th-century design. Here, we take you closer to reveal more of the treasures and their connections to our places.

Nostell's treasures in the spotlight

New: behind the scenes at Nostell

In our latest behind-the-scenes video tour, you'll get to see some of the amazing treasures at Nostell in West Yorkshire. Discover intriguing objects including its intricately designed dolls’ house and tour the grand rooms of this 18th-century treasure house and home of the Winn family. Also get close to its world-class Chippendale collection and masterpieces.

Samurai armour and elephant automaton composite image

Selected highlights from 125 Treasures 

Delve into this intriguing selection of ten objects from our new 125 Treasures book. From samurai armour and a fully furnished dolls' house, to the earliest English globe in existence and a musical mechanical elephant – each object has a fascinating story to tell.

These treasures have fascinating stories to tell about the people who made, commissioned, acquired, saw or used them. Some of the objects have influenced the course of history, such as the first national atlas of Britain, created in the time of Elizabeth I to plan defences against Spanish forces. Other objects tell more personal stories, including the portrait of trusted housekeeper Mary Garnett at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, who guided tourists around the house in a career spanning 40 years.

Objects up close

The selection also includes a 17th-century box with a secret door embroidered in expensive silver and gilt threads and a meticulously annotated photo album taken with rare colour slide film capturing the excavation of Sutton Hoo, Suffolk.

Introducing our 125 Treasures podcast
125 Treasures podcast artwork

125 Treasures podcast

Get a taste of the podcast with our series trailer, presented by actress Alison Steadman.

Close up of Waddesdon's Elephant Automaton

125 Treasures podcast series 

Accompanying the publication of the 125 Treasures book, this podcast series takes an in-depth look at five of these fascinating historical objects.

" Unlike a museum, National Trust houses present us with art and objects in their historic contexts. With so many curious and wondrous objects it can be hard to know where to look first... and yet, as 125 Treasures reveals, each object has its own story to tell."
Love among the Ruins by Burne-Jones at Wightwick Manor

More 125 treasures to discover 

From paintings, sculpture and books to fashion and tapestries, unearth more amazing objects featured in the 125 Treasures book in our series of articles exploring the greatest works of art in our collections.

Book cover of 125 Treasures

Buy the 125 Treasures book 

This beautifully illustrated book showcases 125 fascinating objects held in the collections of our historic houses. It's a starting point for exploring these collections. By buying the book, you're helping us to raise funds to conserve, research and share these collections for everyone to enjoy.

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