Heritage

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

Costumed interpreters dressing a tree in the Dining Room at Uppark, West Sussex
A Robin among holly branches

Five things you never knew about holly 

From pagan roots to glittering decorations, discover the myths, magic and history of holly, one of the UK's favourite festive plants.

Aerial view of Westbury Court Garden, Gloucestershire

Duck islands return to Westbury Court after 300 years 

For the last fifty years, gardeners at Westbury Court have been reviving the UK's last remaining Dutch-style water garden from dereliction. The latest project sees the return of duck islands to the canal, offering a safe haven for nesting waterfowl.

A serpentine commode made by Thomas Chippendale for Nostell Priory in 1770 / NT 959737

Know your Chippendale 

From chairs to 'metamorphic' stairs and cabinets to dressing tables, get closer to Chippendale's acclaimed furniture and designs in this top ten of his finest works. These highlights introduce the exciting new online exhibition 'Chippendale Revealed' on our Collections website.

Kirsty Wark stands in front of a suffragette statue

Our women's suffrage podcast series presented by Kirsty Wark 

In this five-part series we lift the lid on our archives to uncover the seldom-told stories of maids, mill-workers, politicians and even royalty, who fought and campaigned to help shape the world we live in today.

Protecting the nation's heritage
Artist impression of what Seaton Delavall Hall will look like when recreated

Bring Stories to Life appeal 

Three very special places need your support in 2018. Will you help with donations to transform and revitalise Sutton Hoo, Seaton Delaval Hall and Stowe Gardens? With your support we can bring their stories to life and help visitors experience their true spirit and heritage.

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