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National Trust celebrates its 125 birthday

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“We all want quiet.  We all want beauty….We all need space.

“Unless we have it, we cannot reach that sense of quiet in which whispers of better things come to us gently.”

So said Octavia Hill, the Co-Founder of the National Trust.

This year, the National Trust celebrates its 125th anniversary.  And today, the same is true – we all need places where we feel part of something greater.

In 1895, the Trust began its mission to look after nature, beauty and history for everyone to enjoy, for ever.

It bought its first building in East Sussex – Alfriston Clergy House – a year later for the sum of £10.00.

In 1943, Beatrix Potter left the National Trust 14 farms and 4,000 acres of the Lake District.

Back in 1965, the National Trust launched the Neptune Coastline Campaign.  The aim was to protect the coast for wildlife and people. 

In 1981, it reached a major milestone – 1 million members.  And now, in 2020, together we have all helped the National Trust look after 780 miles of coastline, over 250,000 hectares of land, over 500 historic houses, castles and parks and gardens – and almost one million works of art.  And there are 5.9 million members! 


To celebrate the National Trust’s 125 birthday or anniversary, there are lots of events taking place around the country, with plenty to see or do, including exhibitions such as…

  1. The Acorn to Oak Exhibition until 23 December in Worcestershire at Croome Court
  2. A Portrait of the National Trust:  125 Stories for 125 Years (2 May to 28 June) at Osterley Park and House, London
  3. In the Moment:  The Art of Wellbeing (3 March to 1 November) at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire

Find out what's on near you!

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