Heritage

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

Hand-crafted replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet
Dress conservators preparing Ellen Terry beetle wing dress for display at Smallhythe Place, Kent.

If clothes could talk... 

Why were Marie Antoinette’s garters designed by a dentist? Why was a 19th-century lord determined to make a coat in a day? And why did dressmakers painstakingly sew jewel beetles’ wings onto a costume for Lady Macbeth?

Our work to protect the nation's heritage

Bettany Hughes at Avebury for the podcast recording

Bettany Hughes's Ten Places, Europe and Us podcast series 

Join award-winning historian Bettany Hughes in our heritage podcast series as she visits many of the places we care for and investigating their deep-rooted connections to Europe and the wider world.

Collection of items including orreries and planetaria and a model ship on a table in Admiral, at Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire

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.

Support our work
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.

Outside the Textile Studio

The Textile Conservation Studio

The Textile Conservation Studio is the National Trust’s only in house conservation treatment facility. The National Specialist Textile Conservation Adviser is based at the Studio, working with a team of professionally trained and accredited conservators.

We couldn't do it without you

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