People in history

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

John Kipling with a friend and her dog at Bateman's
Kirsty Wark stands in front of a suffragette statue

Our women's suffrage podcast series presented by Kirsty Wark 

In this five-part series we lift the lid on our archives to uncover the seldom-told stories of maids, mill-workers, politicians and even royalty, who fought and campaigned to help shape the world we live in today.

Celebrated garden lovers

Edith Lady Londonderry in the gardens at Mount Stewart

Great women gardeners 

From wealthy socialites to horticultural pioneers, journey through the gardens of time and discover seven of history's most inspirational women gardeners.

Saving our nation's heritage for ever, for everyone

More stories from people in history

Visit for free on 'Open Doors' month

Discover a new Special Place each week, for free, with the National Trust Open Doors partnership.


Explore the newly conserved Firbeck Infirmary (5 July 2019)

The Workhouse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Discover the history of Firbeck Infirmary, its role and why we are bringing it back into the visitor experience at The Workhouse.


Unearthing stories of passion and protest

Many of our places have connections to protests, mass social movements and the development of the rights we enjoy today. This year as we mark 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, a turning point in our democracy, we’ll be exploring these relationships with a year-long programme of events, exhibitions, podcasts and more.


Learn more about how we look after for the special places in our care and get a glimpse of some of the conservation projects we're working on at the moment.