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Former Director-General Helen Ghosh at Countryfile Live 2016

Welcome to our 2017 series of member events with our Director-General Helen Ghosh and other National Trust experts. Join us to ask your questions, share your views and discover more about the work your membership supports. Spaces are limited, so book early.

As a charity, members play a crucial part in what we do – and it’s your questions, ideas and experiences that help shape our work. Following 2016’s phone-ins with Helen, we’ve put together a bigger programme of events for 2017 to give you more ways to get involved and meet some of our experts.

Helen will be welcoming members at four events throughout the year. At each event, she’ll give a talk on a chosen topic before inviting questions and discussion. Alongside Helen, our experts will also give first-hand insights into some of the places you help us to look after and the projects happening around the National Trust.   

Each event has a limited number of places. Registration is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so to avoid disappointment, please sign up as soon as possible. Details on how to do so will be regularly updated on this page.


Habitat conservation at Calke
Calke Abbey, 27 April, 10am – 12pm
Calke Abbey welcomes over 300,000 visitors per year, with many of them enjoying the tranquillity and beauty of the gardens, parkland and nature reserve. At this event, Helen will share how the National Trust is working towards creating a healthier, more beautiful natural environment, and Bill Cove, Calke Abbey’s Countryside Manager, will talk about what it takes to protect the fragile and internationally important habitats that exist within the landscape, followed by a Q&A session. 
Details on how to register coming soon.

Countryfile Live: Helen and guests
Blenheim Palace, 3-6 August

A celebration of the Great British countryside and highlight of the summer, Countryfile Live returns to Blenheim Palace in early August. Hear from Helen and a host of experts in the National Trust Theatre, sample and buy delicious local produce from our tenant farmers, and there’ll be lots of ways for kids to explore the wonders of nature too.
Details on how to register coming soon.

A look inside the Roundhouse
The Roundhouse, 15 September 

Birmingham’s late Victorian, Grade II* canal-side Roundhouse holds enormous potential as a community resource. On this tour, you’ll discover how we’re working in collaboration with Birmingham City Council and the Canal and Rivers Trust to create a sustainable outdoors and enterprise hub for all.
Details on how to register coming soon.

Annual General Meeting
The Steam Museum, Swindon, 21 October 

As a member, you’re entitled to cast your vote on our council members and resolutions for the coming year. Come and hear the results and take part in a Q&A session about all aspects of the National Trust’s work.
Details on how to register coming soon.

Some great feedback on our March event:

A stunning silverware collection and a focus on the National Trust's future
Ickworth, Suffolk, 10 March
was the first of this year's events and marked the publication of a new book focused on one of the collections in our care - Silver for Entertaining: The Ickworth Collection. Author James Rothwell, is senior curator and our national advisor on silver, and co-hosted the event with Helen. 

Over 160 guests attended a talk from Helen on our wider conservation work and vision for the future, followed by a Q&A session where guests posed a variety of question, ranging from our role in rural development, to the ways we're working with farmers to restore a healthy environment. 

" The combination of CEO and Curator was a rare treat - two splendid talks"
- Comment from guest who attended Hear from Helen event at Ickworth, Suffolk

James spoke of the intricasies and history of Ickworth's silver collection and shared some of the discoveries he made while working on his book, particularly about the Hervey family who were renowned for their eccentricity - the 1st Earl fell into his newly-dug canal and the 2nd Earl's unfounded hatred of the French Ambassador, which raised lots of laughs. After the talk, guests were keen to discuss care of the silver and were able to view some of the pieces from the collection.