Beyond the Ropes: A Closer Look at National Trust Collections

BY spectator events


July 7, 2014

6:30 pm

Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EE


Thomas Marks, editor, Apollo magazine

Nicholas Goodison, author, the Goodison Review on 'Securing the best for our Museums. Private Giving and Government Support', arts administrator and former chairman, London Stock Exchange

David Adshead, head curator, the National Trust

Christopher Rowell, furniture curator, National Trust and chairman, Furniture History Society


The National Trust looks after some 200 individual collections, with more than a million objects in its care. Together, they include nearly 14,000 paintings – the single largest collection in the UK.

What can these outstanding collections tell us about the families who built them, and what historical and artistic narratives might they yet reveal? How have they been passed to the Trust, and how do they continue to grow? And are they beginning to benefit from the expansion of government incentives for philanthropy?

Our panel of experts provided a lively evening of discussion and debate about the National Trust collections, their formation and future. A drinks reception followed the talk.

As well as those pictured below, the speakers included:

  • Mark Purcell, Libraries Curator, National Trust
  • David Taylor, Curator of Pictures and Sculpture at the National Trust