Heritage

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

Restored state bed at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
Standen in the summer image

Garden restoration project timeline

With 2017 marking the completion of Standen's Garden restoration, discover the work behind re-creating Margaret Beale's global garden in this project timeline.

The Vyne rooftop walkway during a £5.4 million restoration project

How we're opening up our roof conservation work for you to see 

Discover how we're opening up our roofs for you to explore as we carry out vital conservation work to make our houses watertight for the future.

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Uncovering the whale bone mystery

For nearly 150 years, a mysterious pair of whale jawbones have flanked the doorway in the Great Hall at Cotehele in Cornwall. Cutting edge DNA analysis and a recent housekeeping discovery have shed new light on the bones and how they came to Cotehele.

Our work to protect the nation's heritage

Portrait of George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston

How we are challenging our history 

We’re launching a new programme to reflect national anniversaries and public debates. This year we’re focusing on LGBTQ heritage as we mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. We are looking for academic institutions and heritage organisations to help us explore and research the hidden stories of our places that resonate today.

Calke Abbey visitors looking at collections of objects

Collections online 

Our collections are an important part of our heritage. From artistic treasures to the quirky and bizarre, you can explore more than 800,000 objects on our collections site.

Mount Stewart's damaged Vinery

Mount Stewart appeal 

With your support we've achieved so much to transform the gardens at Mount Stewart, but we've still a way to go to fully restore them to their former beauty. We recently acquired 900 acres of surrounding land, including the Walled Garden and vinery, which are both in urgent need of repair.

We couldn't do it without you

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