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Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland
The restored 'Petworth Beauties' on display at the British Baroque exhibition

Tate Britain's 'British Baroque' exhibition featuring our Petworth Beauties 

Seven paintings from our collections are featuring in the new exhibition 'British Baroque: Power and Illusion’ at Tate Britain, London, which runs from 5 February to 19 April 2020

A beaver swimming in the river at Holnicote

Beavering away: nature's heroes 

We've released a pair of beavers at the Holnicote Estate in Somerset to improve flood management and support wildlife. The beavers will help make areas of the river more resilient to climate change and the extremes of weather it will bring.

Close view of part of carved armchair, late 18th century, giltwood and gesso, from the Drawing Room at Ickworth

Conservation tips on how to deal with insect pests 

Insects are essential to our ecosystem, indoors and out, but they’re not so welcome when flying out of wardrobes or eating your favourite woolly jumper or carpet! What can you do? Hilary Jarvis, one of the National Trust’s Assistant Preventive Conservators, shares some tips based on the latest findings and methods used in our historic houses to protect our collections, and reveals the most common pests of 2019.

Visitors reading books in one of the National Trust's second-hand bookshops

Second-hand book sales triple in two years 

Funds raised at our second-hand bookshops have almost tripled in two years thanks to book lovers. In 2017 income from our second-hand shops was at £573,000, but this year it is expected to hit £1.8m. Every sale from one of our 185 second-hand bookshops supports vital conservation projects at the historic homes, gardens, countryside and wildlife we care for.

A child placing their wish on the Christmas tree with bright baubles and twinkly lights

Christmas traditions old and new 

Our Christmas traditions bring us together with loved ones, delivering festive joy and cherished memories. We’d love to know which Christmas traditions you keep year after year. Share your festive celebrations and discover some of the quirky traditions of the past.

A close up over the shoulder of the Custodian looking at the 1588 Welsh Bible at Ty Mawr Wybrnant, Snowdonia

Hydro power helps protect the first Welsh Bible 

We’ve installed a new hydro-electric turbine at Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant, Conwy, to help protect its unique collection of over 200 Bibles threatened by damp. The books include a rare original copy of the first Welsh Bible, printed in 1588.

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