A nautilus shell from The Rothschild Treasury, Waddesdon Manor, Bucks

Art & collections

Sir Thomas More and his Family (after Hans Holbein the Younger)

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.

Advent calendar
Japanese bronze incense burner in the shape of an elephant

Day 23: Frankincense 

Count down the days to Christmas in 24 wondrous treasures from our collection with our unique Christmas advent calendar of festive objects.

Winter exhibition highlights
Cider Making at Westcott Farm

Ritual and revelry, the story of wassailing 

National Trust Head Curator Sally-Anne Huxtable takes a closer look at the Twelfth Night tradition of wassailing in British history and shows how 17th-century wooden wassail bowls, including one at Dyrham Park, embody a host of different practices and beliefs – from the ancient and pagan, to the Christian and modern.

Objects in focus

Latest from the Curator's blog
Conservator working on Hardwick Hall's Gideon tapestries at the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio in Blickling, Norfolk

Gideon tapestry at Hardwick Hall: the object I love... 

In our latest Curator’s blog, Maria Jordan, the National Trust's Textile Conservation Studio Manager at Blickling Hall in Norfolk, describes her experience working on one of the oldest and largest tapestries we care for - Hardwick Hall’s 'Story of Gideon'. She tells us what goes into conserving these large textile treasures and why one from this set of 13 has become a favourite.

Places with collections we recommend

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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Grantham, Lincolnshire

The perfect English country house?

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Sevenoaks, Kent

Be part of a 400 year history of visiting Knole

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Recent acquisitions and loans

Hispano-Moresque basil pot, 1440–70, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Art and collections publications 

Delve deeper into our collections and curatorial research in some of the key specialist publications the National Trust produces, including the lavishly illustrated Historic Houses & Collections Annual and Art, Buildings & Collections Bulletin.

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