Created in partnership with the University of Oxford, Trusted Source is a growing collection of short and easily understood articles about history, culture and the natural environment. Written by academics and National Trust experts, these articles explore all manner of subjects related to the special places and collections in our care. Explore the categories below or browse all Trusted Source articles at the bottom of the page.
Deer parks are large, enclosed areas of land created for the purpose of housing deer and other game. They are usually associated with castles and great residences.
William John Bankes was one of nineteenth-century Britain’s most extravagant collectors of art and antiquities, which he amassed at his country estate at Kingston Lacy in Dorset.
Born in 1689, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was an English aristocrat and lady of letters. More important than her literary achievements, however, she was responsible for the introduction of the smallpox inoculation to Britain and Western Europe.
Acorn Bank is a sixteenth- to eighteenth-century Westmorland gentry house surrounded by walled gardens containing orchards, nationally important herb garden and Italianate sunken garden.
Christmas carols are at the very heart of seasonal tradition. But many of the texts, tunes, and conventions of today’s Christmas carols are younger than you might think...
Gerald of Wales (1146-1223) was a secular clerk and prolific author of Latin texts ranging from saints’ lives to natural history.
Born in Budapest in 1902, Ernö Goldfinger was a modernist architect and furniture designer instrumental in popularizing the modern movement in Britain.
Holy wells are springs, pools, or small bodies of water associated with spiritual or religious beliefs and practices. Although some holy wells are said to be guarded by water nymphs or fairies, the vast majority have Christian associations.
Being Jewish meant different things at different times. Taken together, the Jewish stories in our country houses speak to the integration of Jews into nineteenth and twentieth century British society, and the obstacles they encountered.
The East India Company was probably the most powerful corporation in history. At its height, it dominated global trade between Europe, South Asia and the Far East, and conquered and colonised modern day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma.
Servants were a vital part of every country house. Our image of them is based on the kitchens and other service rooms, yet we rarely consider the rooms in which servants lived and slept – our picture is dominated by their work, not the people.
Biodiversity is the amazing variety of wildlife. There are hundreds of species of plants and animals, and all of them are different. Each one plays a vital part in the patchwork of nature. Another way to think about it is simply, ‘big nature.’
One of the founders of the National Trust, Octavia Hill helped us acquire some of our first places for the nation. Discover which places she helped to save.
One of the founders of the National Trust, Hardwicke Rawnsley helped us acquire some of our first places for the nation. Discover which places he helped to save.
A World Heritage Site is a cultural or natural landmark that has been recognized by UNESCO due to its universal value to humanity, both in the present and for future generations.
Archaeology is the study of human society and life in the past through physical remains.
Born in Germany in 1792, Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen later became the wife of King William IV and queen consort of Great Britain between 1830-1837.