Every object has a story – and you can be the one to tell it

Published : Mon 19th Dec

At the National Trust, we look after one of the world's largest holdings of fine art and heritage objects. It’s a veritable treasure trove of history, including more than 400,000 book titles, 200 collections (144 of which are accredited museums) and a range of heritage locations, such as historic buildings and gardens. Each and every object has its own story. And, as part of our team at the National Trust, you’ll have the opportunity to share them with the world.

Virginia Woolf's glasses in her writing room at Monk's House, East Sussex

Many of the works of art in our care were commissioned, acquired, and accumulated by their former owners over centuries. More often than not, they were conscious creations – personal statements of their owner’s taste, patronage, lineage and social status – and pieces at the height of fashion, design, and craftsmanship of the time.

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Day bed made for Queen Maria Theresa (1773–1832), giltwood, walnut and silk, c. 1814. Attingham Park, Shropshire

Each item, location and garden offers our visitors an insight into a broad spectrum of social, political, scientific, and industrial histories. It’s an incredibly varied collection, from grand estates and priceless artworks to quaint cottages and ancient archaeological finds. As a result, each objects present a different perspective on the heritage of not only the UK, but numerous cultures from across the world, to both our colleagues and visitors alike.

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Zuni earthenware water-jar (‘Olla’), made by the A’shiwi (Zuni) Tribe, Zuni Pueblo, Western New Mexico, c.1870–80. Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire

The collections we care for, and the displays and ever-changing exhibitions we create can now be enjoyed at more locations than ever before. As part of our team, you’ll be able to share your natural enthusiasm for conservation and passion for history as you care for precious objects, and share their stories with visitors. And, with the collections in our care growing steadily over time, there’s no knowing what stories are waiting to be discovered and shared over the years to come.