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“Hundreds of our parks, gardens and countryside
locations have already reopened, but we know how much
our members and supporters have been looking forward
to returning to see our houses and collections again.
“Our places are nothing without our visitors there to enjoy
them and our staff and volunteers have been working
hard behind the scenes, cleaning chandeliers, polishing
floors and dusting books, to get everything ready. It is a
matter of huge relief, pride and gratitude that the places
in our care can start to reopen following closure due to
the pandemic. Not a single place will be lost to the public.
The cultural treasures that are our shared inheritance are
waiting – for everyone.”
Above, Nostell Priory East Front, ©National Trust Images by
During the pandemic conservation work has continued
at a number of the Trust’s houses, and visitors will be able
to see results of some of the work that has taken place.
The reopening of houses also coincides with the Trust’s
focus this year on its collections and the one million items
it looks after, with many properties featuring in a new
book celebrating 125 treasures in the charity’s care.
Blickling Hall in Norfolk has completed the repair of an
elaborate decorated plaster ceiling.
Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland has finished
restoration of its Vanbrugh designed cantilevered
staircases and stone vaulted basement with beer and wine
Ickworth in Suffolk has completed repairs of their iconic
Rotunda roof and is putting the spotlight on highlights
from the collections.
Above, Ickworth, Suffolk. Fury of Athamas. National Trust by
Nostell in Yorkshire will be displaying their recently conserved 18th century dolls’ house, while a highlight at
Stourhead in Wiltshire is its bejewelled 16th century
Pope’s Cabinet, both among objects featured in the Trust’s
new book of 125 Treasures.
Newark Park in Gloucestershire has conserved its
nationally significant stained-glass in windows on the
grand main staircase.
Monk’s House in East Sussex will display a recently
conserved furniture suite owned by Virginia Woolf and
painted and decorated by Vanessa Bell and Duncan
Coughton Court in Warwickshire will have a new display
of their historic silver collection which includes a striking
horse sculpture awarded to Sir William Throckmorton
when his horse Herald won the Goodwood Steward’s Cup
Above, Monk's House, East Sussex. ©National Trust Images
by James Dobson
Castle Ward in Co Down will reveal interiors restored to
their former glories after a year of cleaning and specialist
Newton House in Carmarthenshire will be showcasing
finds from their collection that illustrates building
materials and decorative techniques from their 300-year
Andy Beer, Director of Operations, National Trust says,
“Our houses have been closed and treasured collections
haven’t been seen for some time. But a lot of work has
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