Research at the National Trust

Archaeological Survey on Lundy Island, in the Bristol Channel, Devon

Our research takes place in many forms – from the PhDs we sponsor and practical testing of new conservation techniques to the hundreds of research projects we collaborate in or host at our places each year. We're an Independent Research Organisation recognised by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), this status is only awarded to organisations with a strong ability to deliver research for the UK.

Our research interests are diverse and integrate nature and culture; while many organisations focus primarily on collections conservation, curatorial or environmental research, the National Trust spans all three.

The National Trust is keen to collaborate in or host research which benefits the heritage and natural environment sectors. Our research strategy strongly emphasises knowledge exchange and working in partnership with others for mutual benefit. With more than five million members and millions of visitors each year, we also have the potential to generate significant research impact.

Want to know more about working with the National Trust? Contact the research team

Some of our case studies

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While we're passionate about open spaces and historic places, we're working hard in other areas too. With your help, we're caring for the environment, food and farming, green energy and transport, and heritage.