Whether you’re a lifelong member or have only just discovered the National Trust, you can find out more about us by reading up on our history and the work we do today.
Discover more about our legacy, people and values as a conservation charity. We protect historic places and green spaces while opening them up for everyone, for ever.
Read about our strategy 'For everyone, for ever' here at the National Trust, which will take the organisation through to 2025.
The first National Trust Act passed in 1907. Successive Acts have since been introduced to ensure the National Trust continues to be well governed and remains true to its cause.
Find out more about the National Trust’s Executive Team who provide strategic and operational leadership including setting goals and overseeing performance for the long term vision of the National Trust.
Director-General Hilary McGrady has worked for the Trust since 2006, having been Regional Director for a number of regions and Chief Operating Officer since 2014.
The former Prince of Wales was our President from 2003 until the death of Her Majesty the Queen and his ascension to the throne.
Find out about René Olivieri, who became Chair of the National Trust in February 2022, and the wealth of experience he brings to his role.
Writer and curator Sandy Nairne was appointed Deputy Chair of the National Trust in 2022. Find out about his roles, both within the organisation and outside of it.
Discover who sits on the National Trust's Board of Trustees, what experience they bring to the role and how they work together to meet the Trust's purpose.
Discover how the members of the Council are elected and how they advise on important decisions, inform strategy and keep us connected to the wider public.
Discover the history of the National Trust, from its foundation, through key projects and initiatives, to its recent anniversary celebrations.
Read about our three founders – Octavia Hill, Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley – who set up the National Trust in 1895 to protect natural and historic places.
The 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on 11 November. Watch a video of the event and find out the results of the members' resolutions and Council elections.
Discover how the National Trust is run, how our governance arrangements are underpinned by Acts of Parliament and how they are designed to support and challenge our staff.
Our Annual Report reviews our performance over the last year and looks forward to our future plans.
Read the National Trust’s annual gender pay gap reports, see how we compare to the national average and find out what we’re doing to close the gap.
Discover what we’re doing to ensure the safeguarding of all visitors, staff, volunteers and contractors including children, young people and adults at risk.
When you make a donation to us, you can be confident that our fundraising is legal, open, honest and respectful. Find out more about our fundraising promise.
We’re working to create a culture that values difference, includes everyone and recognises the strength that comes from diversity. Find out what we're doing to achieve this.