Kingston Lacy explores the life and exile of William John Bankes as part of National Trust’s ‘Prejudice & Pride’ programme

EXILE – 18 September – 12 November, Kingston Lacy, Dorset

A bold new installation at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy in Dorset marks fifty years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

It examines the exile of former owner William John Bankes and reveals both its significance for understanding the house that is seen today and its relationship to the ongoing challenges faced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LBGTQ) community. Continue reading…

Donations promise a nature rich future at Trevose Head

Skylark (Alauda arvensis) singing from a raised clump of Sea thrift (Armeria maritima) on coastal grassland, Trevose Head, Cornwall.

This September marks a year since Trevose Head, on the north Cornish coast was purchased by the National Trust thanks to very generous gifts in Wills and donations, some of which were left specifically for the purchase of this important Cornish headland.

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National Trust opens new room in Avebury Manor and starts refurbishment

Avebury House manager, Amelia Bryan, In Keiller’s Drawing office. (c) National Trust/ Abby George

The National Trust has opened a room in Avebury Manor that until now has been inaccessible to visitors. The refurbishment of the Alexander Keiller drawing office is a new and exciting ongoing project, to bring another aspect of Avebury’s history to life. Continue reading…

TV’s walking greats get behind the South West Coast Path Challenge

South West Coast Path Challenge

Paul Rose at North Devon

The South West Coast Path Challenge returns in October for the third year running and is bigger and better than ever as TV’s walking greats, Julia Bradbury and Paul Rose, will be backing it all the way.

Julia Bradbury’s latest series for ITV, Britain’s Best Walks, included two of her favourites on the Coast Path.

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Wall-Tile replacement at Max Gate

Max Gate wall tie work (c) National Trust Martin Stephen

Thomas Hardy’s Dorchester home, Max Gate, is having a facelift. The original wall ties, put in by the writer more than 130 years ago, have rusted through and are now causing the brickwork to crack and are being replaced by the National Trust building team.  The work will be happening on selected days throughout the summer and early autumn, giving visitors the opportunity to see this vital conservation work in action. Continue reading…