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01 Jan 90

1990: 2 million members

We reached 2 million members. This was also the same year Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

Volunteers sit and chat in the woods over lunch

01 Apr 81

1981: 1 million members

Reaching our first million members in 1981 was something to celebrate. It was also the year of the first London marathon.

Visitors to Stourhead

12 Jan 95

1895: Founding of the National Trust

The National Trust was founded on the 12 January 1895 by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley who saw the importance of preserving our nation’s heritage and open spaces for everyone to enjoy. Our first 100 members paid 10 shillings to join.

Octavia Hill (after John Singer Sargent) by Reginald Grenville Eves, RA