History and heritage
Your support helps us look after the past, from conserving historic buildings and works of art to unearthing archaeological treasures and supporting urban heritage projects. Find out more about our latest history and heritage projects.
Caring for places of historic intertest and natural beauty are central to what we do. Learn more about how we look after houses, collections and landscapes.
Learn about how we protect the rarest and most historically significant plants in our care at the Plant Conservation Centre.
Following a dramatic race against time to secure the painting, Angelica Kauffman’s Penelope and Euriclea has returned to Stourhead, cared for by the National Trust, 140 years after it was first sold at auction.
Discover more about our work at the Textile Conservation Studio in Norfolk, the National Trust’s only specialist in-house textile conservation facility.
Wearing gloves is actually more likely to damage precious books than using clean hands. Read our experts’ guidelines for handling books safely.
Learn about the initiatives to help and support urban areas in managing their heritage and green spaces.
Find out about the work of our team at the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio in Kent and how we help care for a large number of objects from properties all over the country.
Find out about the work our archaeologists do to uncover the past. Expand on your knowledge of archaeology and understand more about historic landscapes.
Explore archaeological highlights from the National Trust Heritage Records Online and discover more about the antiquities in our care from ancient burials to industrial landscapes.
Historical graffiti offers a valuable window into the past. From the symbols carved into castle walls to the etchings of Isaac Newton, discover the meanings behind the graffiti at the places in our care.
We survey all our sites for any signs of archaeological significance, using aerial photography and expert analysis on the ground. Find out more about our work to explore remnants of the past, and why it's so important to us.