Our conservation principles

Conservation is defined as the careful management of change.

It's about revealing and sharing the significance of places and ensuring that their special qualities are protected, enhanced, understood and enjoyed by present and future generations.
We base our conservation work around six main conservation principles. These are:


Integrating the conservation of natural and cultural heritage


Working with change, adapting and mitigating

Access and engagement

Benefiting society and gaining support

Skills and partnership

Developing skills and experience with others


Recording decisions and sharing knowledge


Understanding values and spirit of place
Conservation work taking place on the scaffolding-clad roof at Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire
Conservation carpet rolling

Experience a working holiday 

Get involved behind the scenes with a working holiday at one of our historic houses. Cross the red rope and help with a special event, learn how to prepare a house for winter, or discover how we care for our collections.