National Trust

The National Trust was founded in 1895 to preserve the nation’s heritage and open spaces throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for the public to enjoy. It looks after coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages, historic houses, gardens, mills and pubs.

As a charity, it relies for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from commercial operations.

In curators we trust

28 April 2004

SIX lots from Bonhams' (17.5/10% buyer's premium) March 22-24 sale at The Old Rectory, Banningham will be making their way back whence they came, National Trust curators having identified them (Bonhams had only spotted one) as having been bought by the Rev. Hall & Son at the 1951 contents sale of Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk. The house now belongs to the Trust which rescued it from demolition.

EH set out to show why dust is anything but dry

28 May 2003

SHERLOCK Holmes was celebrated, among other things, for his research and monographs on cigar ash. Now English Heritage are to spend £88,000 on a similar exercise – but this time into dust.

New life for Red House

05 February 2003

The future of the Red House, the seminal Arts and Crafts building designed for William Morris by architect Philip Webb in 1859, was secured by the National Trust last month.

National Trust win battle for Tyntesfield

24 June 2002

Helped by a £17.425m grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund – the largest sum it has ever given – the National Trust announced last week that it had bought Tyntesfield, a Victorian neo-gothic country house near Bristol.

Lots from the NT’s plots

18 September 2001

Lovers of matters horticultural and supporters of the National Trust will be able to combine both interests this month. Sotheby’s September 25 sale of Garden Statuary and architectural items at Billingshurst includes a special 21-lot section titled The National Trust Gardens Year Auction comprising items donated to the Trust for sale as part of its Gardens Year celebrations with the aim of raising money for its Gardens Fund.

Latest acceptances in lieu of tax

19 April 1999

ARTS Minister Alan Howarth has announced a new list of works accepted for the nation in lieu of tax.