People in history

Discover some of the social history behind our places and uncover fascinating facts about the people who have lived in them

Reenactors demonstarting historical weaponry during a Christmas fair at Blickling Hall, Norfolk.
Lady Jane Grey in her VAD nurses uniform at Stamford Military Hospital (Dunham Massey), Cheshire

Women’s stories from the First World War 

We look after many places with connections to the First World War. Discover stories from the women who played a vital role in the war.

Beatrix Potter, Dinner in Mouseland, 1890-1895 / Beatrix Potter Gallery

The artistic world of Beatrix Potter 

We house the single largest collection of Beatrix Potter's published illustrations, as well as a treasure trove of letters, photographs, unpublished drawings and manuscripts. Discover how the famous writer and illustrator combined her fantastical drawings with a scientific eye on the natural world.

Tales from our places

Croome Court and the landscaped 'river' designed and created by Capability Brown

The man who defined the English landscape 

We care for 18 different landscapes designed by the great Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, one of the UK’s most celebrated landscape gardeners. Learn more about the man who helped shape our image of the quintessential English estate, whose work continues to influence those who followed him.


A taste of life at The Vyne with Mary the maid

Ever wondered what the life of a maid was really like? Have a peek into the life of the resident maid, Mary, at The Vyne. Learn more about the Chute family and the brilliant architecture and art that can be found within this historic family home.

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The exterior of Greenway, Devon

Famous people and their gardens 

We care for the gardens of famous writers, poets and politicians. For many of them, the beauty of their gardens provided inspiration and comfort. Discover which gardens are in our care and the stories behind them.

Lady Frances portrait at Mount Stewart

Our collections 

Discover the many portraits in our online collections, from oil paintings by Old Masters to drawings, watercolours and photographs.


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