Heritage

Your visits help us to preserve and protect the heritage at our places and spaces - for everyone, for ever

Textile Conservation Intern working on state bed at Blickling Hall
Samurai armour from Snowshill being worked on by conservators at the conservation studio

Funding windfall for precious artworks 

We can restore more than 100 historic artworks thanks to a generous gift from our US membership affiliate The Royal Oak Foundation. Find out how we'll be using the money to restore some of the rarest collection items in our care.

A visitor looks round the newly reopened Petworth House, West Sussex

Dumbing down our cultural heritage? Quite the opposite 

John Orna-Ornstein, our Director of Culture and Engagement, has written a response to the recent stories in the press about our vision for historic buildings. In his blog he discusses what we're doing to care for these important places and collections and our future plans.

Anna Forrest, Curator, holding a document at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

Archaeologist discovers rare items under the floor of Oxburgh Hall 

An archaeologist working alone through lockdown in the attic rooms of Oxburgh Hall has uncovered thousands of rare items under the floorboards. The variety, age and significance of the items found and what they reveal make it a unique discovery.

Conservation in action during the winter clean

Protect the buildings and collections in our care 

We're committed to protecting and preserving our nation’s great houses and other historical buildings, as well as the arts and collections in our care. Give today and together, we can ensure our shared history continues to inspire us all.

Protecting the nation's heritage
Archaeology dig

Archaeology at the National Trust 

We care for many rich and diverse archaeological sites, from prehistoric monuments to twentieth-century military installations. Our archaeologists work to care for these places so that everyone can enjoy them.

Details of three portraits

Addressing our stories of colonialism and historic slavery 

The National Trust cares for places and collections on behalf of the nation, and many have direct and indirect links to colonialism and historic slavery. We're addressing these histories and their cultural significance and have published our report into these links.

Scafell Pike and Wastwater in Winter with snow

Monuments to Freedom appeal 

Your help is needed to protect our great monuments to freedom. We must raise urgent funds for three very special memorial landscapes undergoing major restoration work in the coming months. The Lakes' 14 war memorial summits, Runnymede where Magna Carta was sealed and Wellington Monument all need our support.

Read about our cause

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.

We couldn't do it without you

Thanks to your membership, we're able to protect special places for ever, for everyone