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Joining from the USA

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Visitors are given a guided tour at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire, Wales | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

If you're interested in becoming a National Trust member but live in the USA, take a look at the Royal Oak Foundation. As our US membership affiliate, they help us continue our work. Members of the Foundation receive tax deductions for their support and help the organisation make grants towards our work.

Become a member

More than 30,000 Americans already support the Royal Oak Foundation. Become a member today and join a community in partnership with the National Trust.

Royal Oak member benefits

  • Unlimited admission to the places in our care and in the care of the National Trust for Scotland
  • The National Trust Handbook and car parking pass
  • Three editions of our members' magazine
  • Two editions of the Royal Oak newsletter
  • Discounted admission to National Trust Birmingham partner attractions
  • Special subscription rates to a variety of British-themed magazines.

Royal Oak also awards scholarships to US residents to study in Britain and sponsors lectures, tours and events in both the US and UK, designed to inform Americans of the Trust's work.

National Trust conservators working on collection items at the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio, Kent
A conservator working at the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio, Kent | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

50 years of support

The Royal Oak Foundation has been supporting our work in the UK for 50 years. Since they were formed, they've raised more than $20m and helped us deliver some of our most ambitious projects.

Through the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio at Knole in Kent, many of the treasured items in the collections we care for have been restored for people to enjoy for generations to come. This has included the restoration of The Hon. Theresa Robinson by Joshua Reynolds and The Wise and Foolish Virgins by Jacopo Tintoretto. They've also supported one of our longest projects, the repair of the Gideon tapestries from Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.

Royal Oak also raised $1.5 million to acquire more than 1,000 of Winston Churchill's belongings. These items are now being kept at Chartwell in Kent, where Churchill lived, for future generations to learn more about his life.

We're incredibly grateful to Royal Oak and their members for continuing to support our work.

Get in touch

For more information, please contact the Royal Oak Foundation.

  • Postal address: The Royal Oak Foundation, 20 West 44th Street, Suite 606, New York, NY 10036-6603, USA.
  • Phone: +1 (212) 480 2889
  • Fax: +1 (212) 764 7234

In the US, call toll-free on 1 800 913 6565, or send an email to:

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