Art, collections, paintings, exhibitions, research
Art, collections, paintings, exhibitions, research

As part of the Trust’s People’s Landscapes programme, Dunham Massey celebrates the people who could be called ‘nature’s champions'. From Sir David Attenborough and Linda McCartney to William Wordsworth and Octavia Hill, this partnership exhibition with the National Portrait Gallery, brings together over 30 works of art and live debates. From 23 March.

Art, collections, paintings, exhibitions, research

A new exhibition at Croome Court in Worcestershire, that once housed a school for boys, explores the question ‘what is home?’ through the voices of former pupils and children currently in care. Artist Kashif Nadim Chaudry’s installation is inspired by a period in Croome’s history from 1948–1978 and the pupils' real-life stories and personal objects.

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Special exhibitions guide 

Here's our guide to current and future exhibitions at our places. Take your pick from exhibitions showcasing Rossetti drawings, explorations of humanity and home, powerful women, Thelwell cartoons, nature-inspired art, fashion and more.

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Chirk Castle's beautiful King's Cabinet was a gift from King Charles II to Sir Thomas Myddelton II National Trust Images

Introducing our remarkable treasures 

We look after one of the world’s largest art and heritage collections. With more than one million objects at over 200 historic places - including over 400,000 book titles - a surprise discovery awaits you around every corner.

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Beatrix Potter's study of her pet rabbit, 1898. This 'real' rabbit, called Peter Piper, was the namesake of the beloved fictional character / Beatrix Potter Gallery NT 242725 Beatrix Potter Gallery © National Trust / Colin Liddie

Spring into our collections 

Artists and designers never cease to be amazed by the natural world, taking inspiration from plants, trees and wildlife. Celebrate the season by exploring these evocative depictions of spring in our collections.

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Marble busts attributed to Giovanni Antonio Cybei (left, middle) and Antonio Canova (right) at Mount Stewart, County Down ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Striking a pose 

An exceedingly unusual ancient marble cat, a rare alabaster survival from the Reformation, the earliest known wood carving by Grinling Gibbons and a brass modernist interpretation by Barbara Hepworth… just a few examples from our diverse and internationally significant collection of sculptures to explore.

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At Ham House in Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey there is an exquisite 17th-century cabinet intricately inlaid with pieces of colourful woods and exotic materials. They come together to create an abundant display of spring flowers, birds and butterflies.

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In our latest Curator’s blog, Elizabeth Green, Lead Curator for Wales, talks about an object she loves, a working steam engine named Hugh Napier from Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd. Take a closer look at one of the more unusual items in the Trust's collections.

Places with collections we recommend

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Petworth, West Sussex

Inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe and nestled in the South Downs, Petworth House displays the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust.

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Art, collections, paintings, exhibitions, research
Art, collections, paintings, exhibitions, research

Recent acquisitions and loans

Art, collections, paintings, exhibitions, research

Our collections are constantly revitalised through new acquisitions. Recently, we acquired John Singer Sargent’s A Game of Bowls for Ightham Mote in Kent following a successful campaign to raise funds to purchase it for the nation.

Art, collections, paintings, exhibitions, research

Each year we lend many items from our collections to external exhibitions. You may be surprised to find out where our objects go on show.

Explore our collections

The majority of objects in our care are recorded on our National Trust Collections website. You'll find many intriguing items to explore at places near you