Collection highlights at our places

Want to delve into the objects and works of art in the houses and world-class collections we care for? Browse all our collections content in one place.

The Drawing Room at Peckover House and Garden, Cambridgeshire
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Spring into our collections

Artists and designers never cease taking inspiration from the natural world, from wildlife and plants to the changing seasons. Celebrate spring through some of its most evocative depictions in our collections.

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Support our work

575 Wandsworth Road, London

Whether visiting us in person or looking for a unique celebration of a special occasion that also supports our charitable work, there are a number of ways you can support our conservation of this extraordinary place.

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Swords of Kingdoms: The Staffordshire Hoard at Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Seventy years separates the discovery of the Sutton Hoo Great Ship Burial and the Staffordshire Hoard. Join us for this major new exhibition, opening in May, where original artefacts from both sites will be displayed together for the first time in East Anglia, where some of the items are believed to have been made over 1400 years ago.

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Meet Anthony Denney

Rainham Hall, London

Learn more about the life of photographer, interior designer and eminent art collector, Anthony Denney, who lived at the Hall from 1964 to 1969.

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History of the Blickling estate

Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the estate was the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, and during the Second World War RAF air crew were billeted here, while its owner, Lord Lothian, influenced Churchill’s actions. However this year we're all about books, as we take a closer look at one of the National Trust's most significant collections: Blickling's Long Gallery library...

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A – Z of Hardwick Collections

Hardwick, Derbyshire

This year we're going through our A-Z of collections, shining a spotlight on the historic and significant objects at Hardwick and the stories each one tells.

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Dismantling the Spangled Bed

Knole, Kent

In July 2017 the glorious, 400-year-old Spangled Bed was taken apart to be sent away for conservation. Find just what it took to conserve this enormous bed.

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Conserving the collections at Gunby Hall

Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens, Lincolnshire

Our housekeeping team at Gunby Hall work hard to look after thousands of objects on display and in store. Take a look at how they preserve the collection.

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The Making of The Denney Edition

Rainham Hall, London

Find out about the making of The Denney Edition.

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Read a digitised version of Petworth's Chaucer manuscript

Petworth, West Sussex

There are incredible literary treasures at Petworth including one of the earliest copies of Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales'. We've digitised our copy so you can explore every page here.

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Beatrix Potter, the Lake District and the National Trust

Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead, Cumbria

Beatrix Potter relished life in the Lake District, becoming involved in farming, breeding sheep and conservation.

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Exhibition at Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

The discoveries at Sutton Hoo provided a great insight into the beginnings of the English race. Visit High Hall to find out what Anglo-Saxon life would have been like during the year of the Great Ship Burial for all walks of life - from a slave to a king.

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The house at Plas Newydd

Plas Newydd House and Garden, Anglesey

Explore the ancestral home of the Marquess of Anglesey, view Rex Whistler's famous mural and learn about the multi-million pound project currently underway to safeguard the house.

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A Golden Opportunity: Gilding at Knole

Knole, Kent

Staff and volunteers have been learning the ancient craft of gilding, in a pop up conservation studio at Knole.

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Knole's portraits

Knole, Kent

The Knole collection includes more than 300 paintings by 17th and 18th century masters, many commissioned and collected by Sir John Frederick Sackville, the 3rd Duke of Dorset.

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Blazing love: a portrait by Isaac Oliver at Ham House

Ham House and Garden, Surrey

Despite fitting neatly into the palm of one’s hand, Oliver’s portrait of a man shown burning with the fire of love is one of the most arresting objects at Ham. Dressed like a classical hero in an antique blue mantle, and wearing an earring of two linked gold hoops, the sitter gazes intently out as flames lick around him. Painted over 400 years ago, the presence of this long dead man nevertheless feels startling fresh.

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Discover the collection at Greyfriars

Greyfriars' House and Garden, Worcestershire

Local items can tell a story about a house, its people, history and traditions.

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What’s new in the house this year?

Sizergh, Cumbria

To help fight the spread of the coronavirus, Sizergh's house is now shut. Please check back on our website where we'll keep you updated with our plans to reopen.