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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Hands On or Hands Off?

Our new project to discover the best ways to explain our conservation work to visitors.

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January FAQ's

Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Your guide to making the most of your visit this month.

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What’s new at Dinefwr this January?

Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Find out the new and exciting plans for Dinefwr’s special places this season.

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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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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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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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Blog: Newton House Conservation

Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

This January, the National Trust team at Dinefwr will be working hard to carry out important conservation work inside our very special buildings. Go behind the scenes with our Senior Conservation Assistant.

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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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Care, Clean and Conserve - Behind the scenes with the house team

Greys Court, Oxfordshire

Find out what it takes to look after the house and the collection when you look round the house this January and February.

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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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Spring Cleaning – Straw’s style

Mr Straw's House, Nottinghamshire

Now that spring is here, many of us may be thinking about giving the house a good clean to clear away the cobwebs... and it's no different at Mr Straw's House.

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Rufford Uncovered

Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

2019 will be a year of rediscovery for Rufford with opportunities to take a closer look at our collection and explore how we care for objects.

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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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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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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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Opening the House

Ickworth, Suffolk

Spring is finally here and Ickworth is ready to be explored by visitors. The winter provides us with a great opportunity to conserve our collection and ensure it looks its best all year round.

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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.