Archaeology in the Midlands
Archaeology is a vital part of the work we do looking after special places. Our archaeology team works closely with buildings and estate teams to identify and preserve the hidden secrets of the landscapes and buildings in our care and ensure you can continue to enjoy them in the future.
Visitors and volunteers help to reveal over 1000 years of history at this ancient property.
Find out about Berrington's ambitious Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds restoration project. Keep up to date with the latest news and research and how you can donate or get involved.
Discover what's been happening as part of Belton's historic stables building project.
Take a look at the completed and ongoing projects that keep Canons Ashby alive, from ancient archaeology to up to date visitor facilities.
Discover what has been unearthed in Fishpool Valley.
The National Trust Heritage Records Online website is the easy way to discover more about the archaeology we care for.
Far from being a rural backwater, the Belton estate played a significant supporting role in the First World War. By April 1915, a small town had been built for around 20,000 men of Kitchener’s Army within Belton Park, a military base hospital, churches, YMCA huts, a cinema and its own railway line.
The National Trust cares for many unique and historic landscapes across the Midlands, many of which are scattered with the remains of prehistoric occupation.
Discover a fifteenth century moated manor house at the heart of a rich farming landscape.
The medieval manor is nestled in a Herefordshire valley that has changed little in hundreds of years.
The remains of an Anglo Saxon hall have been discovered by archeaologists on the Attingham Estate.
Read about our work on what is thought to be the oldest mine-winding engine house in the world.
Grab your walking boots and your four legged friend and explore almost 4500 years of history in Croft's 1500-acres of wood, farm and parkland, all year round.
Mysterious hillforts litter the landscapes of the Midlands. Find out more about five of these prehistoric features.
Over the next few months archaeologists will be peeling away Canons Ashby's secrets to learn more about how the building has evolved since it was first built.
Discover what we do to keep the estate running
As science sheds light on history we explore what this means for Greyfriars story.
In an attempt to find out more about the magnificent but lost 'Clumber House', we held an exciting public archaeology dig on the mansion site in July 2018. Here, we evaluate our finds.