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.

 Simon McCormack, conservation manager, making final adjustments to the newly restored state bed at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
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The fire at Uppark

Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex

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.

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Our conservation principles

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.

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Ongoing conservation works

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

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.

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Completed Projects at Wimpole

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

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.

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Conserving and Preserving at Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire

Ever wondered what it takes to care for Anglesey Abbey?

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Conservation at Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

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.

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Dismantling the Spangled Bed

Knole, Kent

The glorious, 400-year-old Spangled Bed has now been taken apart so that it can be sent away for conservation.

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The five agents of decay at Upton House and Gardens

Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

A look at how we overcome the factors that contribute to the deterioration of our items and decorative features.

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The Great Store

Knole, Kent

Admire Knole's precious collection of furniture and paintings up close in the Great Store, open 5 March – 30 October.

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Our work at Upton House and Gardens

Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

From preserving pictures to relocating fish, there's always something to keep us busy.

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Conservation in action: chairs

Penrhyn Castle and Garden, Gwynedd

See how we care for the textiles in our collections. It's is a year round job!

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Many hands make light work at Gunby

Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens, Lincolnshire

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.

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Conservation work of Firbeck Infirmary at The Workhouse

The Workhouse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Learn more about the conservation work taking place within Firbeck and how you can gain an insight behind the scenes.

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Re-Imagining The Workhouse, Southwell

The Workhouse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Engage with The Workhouse in new ways relevant to the 21st century.

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The fire at Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

On Sunday 3rd April 1960, Ralph Dutton took to the woods for a walk after lunch. It was a walk he would later regret.

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First Steps - Textile Conservation

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

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.

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Moving the dolls' house at Uppark

Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex

The conservation team at Uppark look back at when they moved the 18th-century doll's house to its new home.

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Conservation Week at Knole

Knole, Kent

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.