Places in history

If our places could talk they'd have some stories to tell. Discover their rich histories and watch them spring to life before your eyes

A large tree in summer, next to a small wooden hut
An archive image of the people marching in the 1932 Kinder Scout trespass overlaid onto a modern day image of the landscape

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.

Processing Suffragettes c.1908

How we are challenging our history 

Challenging histories is a programme that explores some of the more hidden aspects of our places. This year we’re commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre by showcasing places in our national landscape which are important symbols of passion and protest.

Significant places

The Marconi Centre at Poldhu, Lizard, Cornwall

Eight places that helped change the world 

From the house where Sir Isaac Newton first discovered gravity to the childhood homes of the Beatles and the site of the first radio broadcast, discover the places that inspired some revolutionary ideas.

Design through the ages

Visitors looking at open drawer of collections cabinet

Collections online 

Our collections are an important part of our heritage. From artistic treasures to the quirky and bizarre, you can explore more than 800,000 objects on our collections site.

Heritage

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.