Secrets of the National Trust revealed in Channel 5 TV series
We opened our doors to Channel 5 for a series which explored the estates, historic houses and miles of breathtaking countryside and coastline that we look after.
Across six, 60 minute episodes, host Alan Titchmarsh found out about our conservation work and, with the help of some of our specialists, discovered the stories hidden behind the buildings and gardens in the series, Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh.
During each episode Alan explored a new location where he took an in-depth look at the history of the property and met the people who look after it. Alongside this, a host of other experts and enthusiasts, including Anneka Rice, Jon Culshaw and Joan Bakewell, took us on a tour around the country with one-off films.
" I’m a book man, and at Knole I was specially shown the Virginia Woolf manuscript for Orlando, which she wrote about Vita Sackville-West. It was the purple ink,hand-written manuscript. That was a real moment"
" There is the most astonishing table setting at Attingham. It is set up with an ormolu (gilt bronze) candelabra. It shines like a royal banquet"
" The machinery at Quarry Bank is incredibly powerful.There is one piece of machinery that is about 75ft (23m) long and winds cotton onto bobbins. It marches towards you"
" To hold a book from 1487 in your hands is magical. The clock collection is also stupendous. I was allowed to go and wind several, including the turret clock. I could spend all day looking at them"
" The cellarium of Fountains Abbey, which was the refectory, is astonishing, with an enormous vaulted roof."