Our conservation work
Every scone you buy, every membership and every donation help to keep our special places special for ever. Find how you're helping our gardens and houses in this content round-up.
Tragedy struck Uppark in 1989 when much of the house was destroyed by fire. An incredible rescue operation was soon followed by the Trust's most complex restoration.
Find out about the six main principles behind our conservation work to understand how and why we protect the properties and landscapes we care for.
Just maintaining a site such as Wimpole requires a huge ongoing programme of repairs, painting and conservation, not only the buildings, but railings, pathways, furniture, books, borders and farm buildings.
Wimpole has a number of both large and small projects that have taken place over the last few years and here are just a few examples.
Ever wondered what it takes to care for Anglesey Abbey?
The collection at Oxburgh Hall is maintained and conserved by our House Team. Find out how they make sure that Oxburgh can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.
The glorious, 400-year-old Spangled Bed has now been taken apart so that it can be sent away for conservation.
A look at how we overcome the factors that contribute to the deterioration of our items and decorative features.
Admire Knole's precious collection of furniture and paintings up close in the Great Store, open 5 March – 30 October.
From preserving pictures to relocating fish, there's always something to keep us busy.
See how we care for the textiles in our collections. It's is a year round job!
When the house is closed to visitors, the Gunby conservation team gives all the collection pieces a good 'deep winter clean'. It's a big help that for the last few years staff and volunteers from nearby National Trust places the Workhouse and Tattershall Castle come to clean too.
Learn more about the conservation work taking place within Firbeck and how you can gain an insight behind the scenes.
Engage with The Workhouse in new ways relevant to the 21st century.
On Sunday 3rd April 1960, Ralph Dutton took to the woods for a walk after lunch. It was a walk he would later regret.
As work gets underway at Sutton Hoo, one of our first steps is the conservation of the textiles and fabrics we use throughout our displays. Here's how we are caring for them throughout the closure period.
The conservation team at Uppark look back at when they moved the 18th-century doll's house to its new home.
Visit Knole during Conservation Week from 5-10 June and find out how we care for the house and its wonderful collections. Special events throughout the week provide an opportunity to talk to our conservators and experience their work first-hand.