Go behind the scenes at our places

If you love unearthing secrets and peeling away layers of history to discover lesser-known stories, our new series of behind-the-scenes tours will be right up your street.

Join us on a journey that will give you a different take on the places you love or have longed to visit. Discover unseen objects, hidden places and intriguing characters.

Working to protect 16th-century stained-glass windows at The Vyne

Exploring behind closed doors

This seven-part series lifts the lid on the places you help us care for. The most recent episode sheds light on the mysteries of Castle Ward, an 18th-century house in County Down known for its royal connections and striking architecture.

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Episode 7: Castle Ward, County Down

Discover how Castle Ward's fascinating clash of architectural styles came from the different backgrounds of Lady Ann and Bernard Ward, the couple who lived there. Take in the beauty of the vaulted ceilings, impressive library and Gothic features and discover a hidden desk with an incredible view.

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Episode 6: Greenway, Devon

As we mark the 100th anniversary of Agatha Christie's first book being published, we're inviting you on a tour of Greenway, her beloved holiday home on the Devon coast. Find out how Greenway inspired much of her early work and discover first-edition books and other collection items not normally seen by the public.

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Episode 5: Oxburgh Hall

You’ll discover Oxburgh’s story is one of endurance and survival. Explore the attic space at the heart of an ambitious project to restore the roof. Hear about fascinating discoveries, like the priest hole used during the reign of Elizabeth I, plus much more.

Birdseye view of Oxburgh

Support Oxburgh's Roof Appeal 

Oxburgh Hall's roof is in need of urgent repair. Our roof tiles, timbers and brickwork are showing signs of aging; we’re not surprised, they’re well over 500 years old. Help us, as we embark on a £6million project to safeguard Oxburgh's future.

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Episode 4: The Hardmans' House

Head back to the 1950s and explore The Hardmans’ House – the Liverpool home and studio of renowned portrait photographer Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife Margaret Hardman. You’ll get to explore the glamorous photographic studio of the man himself and delve into the fascinating collection of his work we now care for. Learn more about the photographic process on a visit to the darkroom and enjoy a rare glimpse of the printing rooms.

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Episode 3: Museum of Childhood

The fun continues behind closed doors while we can't open for visitors. Seven-year-old Mo is taking you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum of Childhood in Derbyshire as we celebrate the playfulness of this amazing place that sheds light on the childhoods of history. Mo, who is one of the child ambassadors shaping the future of the museum, tells you about her favourite toys in the collection. She'll also show you a special learning attic, not normally seen by visitors.

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Episode 2: Powis Castle

Explore the many stories Powis Castle & Garden has to tell. We're shedding more light on the castle's links to colonialism by looking afresh at items in the collection and how they came to be here. Discover how this medieval fortress is embracing renewable energy and experience an unmissable view from the castle's roof.

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Episode 1: The Vyne

Delve into the fascinating history of The Vyne – a former Tudor palace visited by King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Learn about the site's transformation into the family home of lawyer and politician John Chaloner Chute. Discover hidden paintings in a gap in the wall and find out how the attic is protected from evil spirits, plus much more.

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" I'm one of the lucky few who gets to explore the nooks and crannies of the places you help us care for. I've crawled behind walls and explored mysterious roof spaces at sites up and down the country. What's so exciting about this series is that it allows us to bring you along too. "
Mysterious objects and places in our care

The places in our care are full of unusual and surprising and items. From novelty sundials to a bronze coffin bell, here are some objects that will make you look twice.   

Trompe l'oeil painting at Wimpole Hall

Illusions of grandeur

From optical illusions to secret doors, there's much to intrigue you at the historic buildings in our care.